Alcoa Foundation $50,000 Grant Supports the National Society of Black Engineers’ SEEK Academy

  Alcoa Foundation $50,000 Grant Supports the National Society of Black
  Engineers’ SEEK Academy

  Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Educates Students Through Hands on

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 01, 2013

During the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) convention, Alcoa
Foundation announced a $50,000 contribution to the 2013Summer Engineering
Experience for Kids (SEEK) Academy, a program developed by NSBE in 2007. The
SEEK Program is designed to be a fun and engaging educational experience to
raise the interest of underrepresented minority students in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is led by engineering students and
technical professionals dedicated to pursuing professional excellence and
giving back to the community. This is the second year Alcoa Foundation is
supporting the program.

The SEEK program, aimed at grades K–12, is an important step for students
toward careers in engineering. Alcoa Foundation’s grant will fund stipends for
50 collegiate members of NSBE who will serve as “SEEK mentors” in five states
this summer: California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New York,
Texas and Washington, DC. The goal is to educate and inspire 300 students.

SEEK offers a diverse, hands-on engineering design curriculum that continues
to expand annually. This year, participants will have an opportunity to “go
green” by designing and testing miniature cars during a Solar Car Activity.
The SEEK students, in the 3rd to 8th grades this year, learn science and
engineering concepts and engage in team competitions during the academy’s free
three-week summer day camps. The elementary school and middle school students
are guided and taught by the SEEK mentors. The mentors are students at the
University of Michigan, North Carolina A&T State University, The Ohio State
University, Purdue University, and the University of Tennessee.

“We need to prepare young people for jobs that are available now and in
sectors that are growing, like Advanced Manufacturing,” said Paula Davis,
President, Alcoa Foundation. “Together with NSBE, we promote STEM education
among K-12 students and educate them about how they can apply their skills to
launch exciting careers in manufacturing.”

“Now in the second year of our partnership, we are excited that Alcoa
Foundation has taken an expanded role in supporting our NSBE collegiate
members who participate in SEEK nationally,” said NSBE SEEK Director Franklin
O. Moore. “With the additional support, NSBE can engage more student mentors
over the summer at SEEK camps.”

For more information about the SEEK Academy, contact NSBE’s Programs Team by
e-mail, or visit

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with
assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation
has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation
contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the
world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate
tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of
Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee
volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the
communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of
Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in
more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000
people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information,
visitwww.alcoafoundation.comand follow @AlcoaFoundation onTwitter.


With nearly 30,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is
one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. A
not-for-profit founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than310 collegiate,
pre-collegiate and technical professional/Alumni chapters in the U.S. and
abroad. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible
black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively
impact the community.”


Alcoa Foundation
Suzanne van de Raadt, Communications Manager, 646-404-4027
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