Chemical manufacturer SABIC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has announced its participation in the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI), New York, New York, the chemical industry’s collaborative diversity, equity and inclusion initiative aimed at creating pathways for underrepresented groups to enter and succeed in STEM careers within the chemicals industry. With an investment of $500,000, SABIC plans to sponsor 10 young scholars over the next two years, joining a growing list of organizations that together have raised more than $10 million for scholarships.
Greg Adams, vice president-SABIC Americas, said developing the next generation of STEM professionals is very important for the chemicals industry. SABIC believes in fostering a passion for STEM among all students and helping provide access to higher education for those who seek to turn those passions into a lifelong journey. These life-changing scholarships will help bring a much-needed pipeline of diverse and talented students from across the US into the workforce.
FOSSI is a national, industry-wide program that provides scholarships to undergraduate students seeking STEM degrees at HBCUs. It also provides opportunities for manufacturers, supply chain partners and other stakeholders to fund scholarships, provide internship opportunities, and facilitate mentoring and leadership training for these students.
Adams said SABIC Americas is pleased to take this important step in supporting diversity and inclusion as an underwriting Sponsor of this impactful scholarship.
The first FOSSI scholarships are being awarded to 150 students enrolling in college this fall. Each will receive a $40,000 four-year scholarship.
For more information, visit www.AIChE.org/FOSSI.