BETHLEHEM, PA – The Bosch Community Fund from Robert Bosch LLC and Bosch Rexroth Corp. awarded four grants, equaling $100,000, to three Pennsylvania educational institutions: Lehigh University, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute and The Pennsylvania State University.
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, received a $20,000 grant to help fund its CHOICES (Charting Horizons and Opportunities in Careers in Engineering and Science) Summer Camp. The outreach program introduces young women in middle school to the benefits of engineering careers. The grant will allow for increased capacity and provide scholarships for girls from Broughal Middle School.
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Schnecksville, was awarded $35,000 in grants to help fund a summer camp for seventh- and eighth-grade students and professional development for counselors and math/science teachers. In addition, the grant will support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Career Awareness night (open to all Lehigh County students) and Girls in Engineering Awareness Day for 120 young women in the ninth and tenth grades.
The Pennsylvania State University was given the third grant of $45,000 to be split between its Lehigh Valley and University Park Campuses. The grant will support the Women in Engineering Program Orientation (WEPO), which offers orientation for first-year students entering Penn State and features year-round mentoring and leadership programming. The second program receiving funding is the Lehigh Valley Emerging Engineers program, which supports low-income students in their preparations to qualify for Penn State. The Emerging Engineers program provides a one-year, dual-enrollment opportunity for high school seniors in engineering and math with an emphasis on problem-solving and hands-on job shadowing with companies in the region.
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