Education and Workforce Preparedness
As part of a larger effort to support education in the U.S., Xerox provides matching gifts to colleges and universities. In 2016, 327 institutions received 857 matching gifts from The Xerox Foundation.
Investing in Education
Our support of education involves programs with a common theme: providing educational access to underrepresented minorities. In turn, this advances 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 Liaison Program disbursed 21 grants during 2016 to schools such as Howard University; Spelman College; Morgan State University; Hampton University; and Tuskegee University.
- The Hispanic College Liaison Program disbursed 20 grants during 2016 to schools such as University of Puerto Rico; City College of New York; University of California; University of Central Florida; University of Texas; and Rochester Institute of Technology.
- The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program provided 110 scholarships to help deserving minority students to complete degrees in engineering.
We also continue to partner with the people and programs making a difference and delivering results. Our investment in the National Academy Foundation’s Academies of Engineering create “schools within schools” that 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. We’re also investing in organizations that teach and deliver the skill sets needed for today’s economy, programs like FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Catalyst and MIT’s Sandbox initiative for entrepreneurs.