Crosby Scholars receives $10,000 from Duke Energy to support STEM programming for African American and Latina girls
Duke Energy has awarded the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership $10,000 to support its SHE Project, which will guide African-American and Latina girls in economically distressed areas to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This is the second year of funding: in 2018, Duke Energy awarded Crosby Scholars $15,000 for The SHE Project.
“These more lucrative careers will empower women with more financial resources,” said Mona W. Lovett, Crosby Scholars President & CEO. “As the Gender Lens study prepared by The Women’s Fund reports, STEM careers have hourly rates that are high enough to meet basic needs with only one job. SHE is designed to use a holistic approach to address root causes of poverty.”
The three main goals for SHE include: SHOW African-American and Latino girls that a STEM career is achievable; HELP the girls take steps to pursue a STEM career to increase the number of female African-American and Latino Crosby Scholars who graduate from college with a STEM degree with minimal debt.
“Our goal is for our female Crosby Scholars to be EMPLOYEED in careers that provide a living wage and that they are paid well for their work,” Lovett said. “We appreciate Duke Energy’s continued support of The SHE Project.”
A dozen girls in The SHE Project toured Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station at the end of July, and the girls heard from a female Duke Energy mechanical engineer about her educational path and career.
Rising 9th-grader Elia Banos, who especially enjoys mathematics, said she’s interested in studying mechanical engineering.
“I learned that you can do whatever you want if you believe it,” Elia said. “…and you can change the world.”
The SHE Project offers workshops and field trips beginning in 7th grade to enable girls to learn about the possibilities for women in STEM jobs, so that they will take classes in middle school and high school that put them on that college and career path. The SHE Project provides role models and mentors as well as guidance in course selection to help these students stay on track for college enrollment in STEM programs.
“Our investments in students and STEM initiatives strengthen the pipeline of highly-skilled workers who will lead us to a smarter energy future in North Carolina,” said Jimmy Flythe, district manager for Duke Energy. “We are thrilled to partner with Crosby Scholars and its SHE Project for the second year to promote diversity in the workplace and inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.”
Crosby Scholars is a free college access program that prepares 6th– to 12th-grade Forsyth County students academically, personally, and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities suited to a student’s needs, aptitudes and dreams.
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Photo Cutline: Rising 9th-graders in the Crosby Scholars SHE Project toured Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station in late July.