Education and Workforce Preparedness
As part of a larger effort to support individuals pursuing technical degrees and help the U.S. address its shortage of scientists and engineers, we provide matching gifts to colleges and universities. In 2015, 366 different institutions received 1,116 matching gifts from The Xerox Foundation.
Investing in Education
To help train a new generation of scientists and engineers, The Xerox Foundation awarded grants to 366 different institutions throughout the U.S. in 2015. The top five beneficiaries of this program were the University of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University.
Our support of education involves managing programs with a common theme: providing educational access to underrepresented minorities. In turn, this supports the strategic interest of the company by enabling us to recruit from a highly motivated, technically educated talent pool. In addition, our own people benefit by being involved on college campuses. The three programs are:
- The Black College Engineering Liaison Program awarded 20 grants to schools such as Howard University; Spelman College; Morgan State University; and Tuskegee University.
- The Hispanic College Liaison Program dispersed 21 grants to schools such as the University of Puerto Rico; City College of New York; the University of California; the University of Central Florida; the University of Texas; and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program provided 128 scholarships to help deserving minority students complete degrees in engineering.
We also continued our partnership with the National Academy Foundation’s Academies of Engineering. These “schools within schools” provide incentives for minority and female high school students to pursue college degrees and ultimately careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the STEM principles.
In partnership with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, The Xerox Foundation also awarded a total of 39 Xerox Merit, Xerox Achievement, National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships.
Other investments in education and workforce preparedness include:
- A Better Chance
- Prep for Prep
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
- Monroe Community College (in New York)
- United Negro College Fund
- Posse Foundation
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society