NEC member Thermo Fisher Scientific recently announced that it will devote $700,000 annually towards a scholarship awarded to college students pursuing a degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM education continues to be a hot topic in the education, political, and business communities as the United States economy continues grow in areas that are dependent on STEM skills. Unfortunately, while a large number of jobs are available in these fields and many Americans remain unemployed, there simply are not enough people with the necessary training to fill the available positions.
Thermo Fisher’s competitive scholarship program will award students an average of $5,000 to attend one of four colleges and universities, which include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, Imperial College London, and Fudan University in Shanghai. These institutions were selected because the company has a substantial presence in these areas and is looking to support students who may become employees after graduating.
“Thermo Fisher is dedicated to instilling a passion for STEM education in students who may one day be our employees, or our customers,” said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific. “By making education more accessible for some of the brightest young minds, we hope to have a positive impact on industries that are using science to improve healthcare, the environment and public safety.”
Students may apply for the scholarship each year as long as they maintain a strong academic record and continue to focus on a STEM education. Thermo Fisher’s scholarship program is just one part of its multi-million dollar effort to encourage STEM education. The New England Council thanks Thermo Fisher for its commitment to promoting STEM education and wishes them luck with the start of its scholarship program.