The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education across the region, particularly among young adults underrepresented in the fields.
According to the 2016 CONNECT Innovation Report, the regional innovation sector accounts for more than 25 percent of San Diego’s economic activity (GDP). However, as the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) outlined in its report, Building San Diego’s Talent Pipeline, Latinx and Black communities are greatly underrepresented in San Diego’s highest paying industries and occupations, such as engineers, developers and scientists.
By increasing opportunities for STEM higher education, connecting young adults with paid internships in San Diego and establishing networks of current and prospective scientists, the Science & Technology Program creates a holistic approach that will increase equity for all communities and bolster the regional innovation economy for generations to come.
The Science & Technology Program was established through a transformational gift from the Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund at The San Diego Foundation, which aims to help students with high potential in the scientific, medical and engineering fields, and provide them with opportunities to nurture and develop unique and innovative discoveries and experiences that may benefit all mankind.
Since 1999, thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, including the Reuben H. Fleet Fund, the Science & Technology Program has granted more than $9 million to hundreds of early career scientists and engineers at institutions and organizations such as the Elementary Institute of Science, Ocean Discovery Institute, Access Inc., The Maritime Alliance Foundation, San Diego Mesa College, UC San Diego, California State University San Marcos, Miramar College, University of San Diego, The League of Amazing Programmers, Palomar College, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Zoological Society of San Diego, BIOCOM Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, J. Craig Venter Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego State University, Interfaith Community Services, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the San Diego Natural History Museum.