Abby Schneider leads a science experiment for students in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Foundation announced $390,880 in grants for five programs that will create more opportunities for students pursuing STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics– degrees and careers at local colleges, companies and organizations.

The grants will support post-secondary 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.

The 2017 grant recipients are the Palomar Community College District, San Diego Workforce Partnership, California State University San Marcos and the Zoological Society of San Diego.

“By supporting our region’s future scientists and engineers, The San Diego Foundation is building a pipeline of local professionals that will grow and strengthen San Diego’s innovation economy today, and into the future,” said Kathlyn Mead, president and CEO of the foundation.

“With a focus on inclusion and under-served students, we hope to inspire all students, no matter their gender, race or background, to believe that a STEM career is within their reach,” she added.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.