Invest in women and underserved students in STEM 
NEWSLETTER | March/April 2016
STEM Advantage Scholars receive a $5000 scholarship, which is renewable as long as the student qualifies for the program. As student debt has passed $1 trillion, we believe students who pursue STEM careers should be rewarded for their drive and graduate with less student debt so they can pursue their dreams.

Student debt is a significant issue as Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loans. Many Federal and State grants have limitations and are continually at risk due to budget issues. Student debt affects both career and life choices. 

We believe that awarding scholarships to students selected as STEM Advantage Scholars is a great investment. Plus, we have an opportunity to help close the economic gap, as STEM employees earn 25% more than individuals in non-STEM jobs. STEM Advantage helps students like Stephanie, Adriany and Gabe.
When Stephanie's dad was seriously hurt in a hit and run, he was out of work for more than 6 months. Stephanie started working two jobs to help with her family's finances, took care of her dad and became his advocate with the hospital and doctors, all while taking classes and maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Today Stephanie is on track to earn a bachelor's degree in Computer Technology with a Homeland Security focus at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2017. This summer she will intern at Avery Dennison.

"I am beyond thankful for the opportunity that STEM Advantage has given me to be apart of the program and to the many more opportunities and experiences that I will receive through STEM." 
"Raised in South Central Los Angeles, it is difficult to tear down the preconceptions that opportunities and success are scarce for low-income students. The Stem Advantage Program has helped me to break down biases about what I can do as a low income student and as a woman. The financial support and general mentorship the program offers is truly life-changing and has opened doors that I hadn't even thought possible. This summer I am interning at the CBS Corporation, an opportunity that will help me develop the real world experience to excel in the STEM field after I graduate. I look forward to contributing to the STEM field so that technology can bring a more positive change in the world and create a lasting impact. I also look forward to the day when I am in a position to pay it forward and offer mentorship to other STEM scholars." - Adriany
The Board of Directors recently received a letter from Gabriel Ezechukwu. Gabe is a 2015 Stem Advantage Graduate who earned a B.A. in Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He shared the following: 
"I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for me. I am truly grateful. STEM Advantage is definitely a life-changing initiative, I'm proof of it. I'd like to thank the STEM Advantage Board and all of our donors for making an investment in me and the rest of my fellow STEM Advantage scholars. The program is worth so much more than just the monetary value of scholarships; it's greatest attribute is knowing that someone other than friends and family cares about us succeeding and takes every action possible to make sure of it."
4th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser: April 30
Supporting dreams BUILDING FUTURES

Saturday, April 30, 2016
AT&T Center, 1150 S. Olive St, Los Angeles

Join us on April 30. Experience a spectacular view of Los Angeles, while enjoying a fabulous evening with culinary delights from Patina catering, networking with your peers from all over Southern California, and meeting our STEM Advantage Scholars. All proceeds fund scholarships for women and underserved students.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carole Schlocker
Make a difference: invest in women and underserved students in STEM   
STEM Advantage is a 501(c)(3) public charity. 
Gifts are deductible to the full extent available under IRS regulations. 

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