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CHATHAM, NJ – The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is proud to announce a new and innovative way of fundraising for the Governor’s STEM Scholars program. Partnering with the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe, the Council is working to raise $50,000 through the website by May.
In keeping with its innovative roots, the Council is excited to embrace crowdsourcing as a new fundraising tool, in addition to traditional ways of financing its programs. Social media provides opportunities to reach more people, publicize good works, and draw attention to important issues facing New Jerseyans. In particular, crowdsourcing is a unique way of harnessing the power of the internet for a social good. “Ensuring that New Jersey’s STEM talent pipeline is maintained at a level of excellence requires the support of all of our citizens,” says R&D Council President Tony Cicatiello. “Using GoFundMe will not only allow the Governor’s STEM Scholars program to be fully funded, but it will also reach beyond the traditional funding sources and engage the general public and provide an avenue for anyone to support STEM students and New Jersey’s future innovation economy.”
Announced earlier this year, the Governor’s STEM Scholars program is a joint initiative of the Governor’s Office, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Secretary of Higher Education, and the Council. Its purpose is to identify, promote and mentor promising New Jersey students who are interested in working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This program will be a highly selective group of students in grades 10-20 (high school through PhD/MD) who will receive the coveted title of “Governor’s STEM Scholar” and gather together on a quarterly basis over the course of one school year to learn about the vast opportunities in STEM in New Jersey and to discuss issues affecting STEM education and careers with the Governor, other policymakers, and STEM professionals. This program will focus on bringing together students who are not only excelling academically, but who are seeking to become leaders in STEM in New Jersey. The scholars will participate in four, day-long conferences that focus on the various STEM academic, industry and government interests, with a strong emphasis on leadership in these fields. STEM professions that will be included are: life and physical scientists, engineers, computer specialists, and STEM educators.
All over the country, educators, politicians, and companies are eager to promote STEM education. The STEM “gap” between American students and the rest of the world was highlighted in a recent OECD report that showed the United States falling behind both developed and developing countries. As a state with one of the country’s most educated workforces, New Jersey is uniquely equipped to lead the way in regaining lost ground. By donating to the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program, you can help our state continue its rich history as a global competitor and center for innovation.
If you are interested in donating to the Governor’s STEM Scholars, or are interested in learning more, please visit our website at: http://www.gofundme.com/5m5e7g. The Research & Development Council of New Jersey is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and donations to it are tax-deductible.