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The Parris Foundation is dedicated to promoting educational opportunities and fostering awareness in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) via scholarships and community outreach programs. The Parris Foundation currently fulfills its mission by:
- Providing scholarships to students from disadvantaged, socio-economic backgrounds who are enrolled in undergraduate programs in the STEM disciplines with a proven financial need
- Servicing disenfranchised communities by providing educational opportunities in STEM
- Collaborating with organizations focused on improving access to technology for low-income families
- Exposing adolescents and young adults to academic and professional opportunities in STEM
The Parris Foundation believes that attracting young people to STEM is the key to closing the achievement gap, and eradicating the disparity in academic performance between disadvantaged and privileged students. In an effort to break the cycle of poverty in underprivileged communities, The Parris Foundation equips disenfranchised students with the tools needed to pursue STEM disciplines, academically and professionally. The Parris Foundation’s programs and partnerships provide out-of-school learning activities to supplement, and enhance in-school learning. The lack of global competiveness the U.S has experienced in recent years will not improve unless we start molding the next generation of innovators and inventors at a young age. Moreover, the faces of STEM should be representative of the diverse world in which we live.
Exposure to STEM via The Parris Foundation programs:
- Engage and intellectually challenge students to be innovative, analytical thinkers and problem solvers
- Create an environment where STEM fundamentals are not just read in a text book, but instead, made applicable to real-world scenarios
- Nurture students’ innate curiosity to learn and explore
- Showcase the vast opportunities available in all facets of STEM
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