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, data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that while Latino and African American students account for 34 percent of undergraduate enrollment in the U.S., only 25 percent of bachelor’s degrees are awarded to them in STEM fields.
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 support the regional innovation economy and San Diego residents 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 $8 million to hundreds of early career scientists and engineers at institutions and companies 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 Foundation, The League of Amazing Programmers, Palomar Community College District, 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, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the San Diego Natural History Museum.