Note: An online application provides us a brief snapshot of the program whereas the full proposal requires more extensive information on the program.
As part of the selection process, every online application is thoroughly reviewed, and a request for proposal is sent out to a shortlist of the most outstanding applications. The pool of proposals then undergoes a second, thorough review until a final decision is made by the Board of Directors of the Foundation on the exceptional proposals to include in the final shortlist. In order to select the best candidates from the pool of applications, the Foundation considers the following criteria:
- Significance of need/problem
- Program’s potential for long-term success and sustainability
- Program’s resourcefulness
- Scale of project within the community or geographic region
- Innovation and creativity of the program
- Program’s ability to measure results
- Diversity, inclusion and financial soundness
Below are some examples of programs we have funded:
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), Los Angeles, Baltimore and New York
Award Amount: $210,000 over three years
Program Description: Enhances the science education of Lakota students to help them compete and succeed in scientific fields.
Washington National Youth Baseball Academy, Washington DC
Award Amount: $300,000 over one year Program
Description: Support and enhance the collaboration between the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and Higher Achievement Academy for the purpose of providing year-round youth-development and academic enrichment program focused on STEM for at-risk youth from Washington, D.C.
West Point Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM, West Point, NY
Award Amount: $270,000 over two years Program
Description: Focuses on attracting and retaining STEM talent for West Point, the Army and the nation.