Bank of America Gives Money for STEM Programs

Money will support programs for middle and high school students in Riverside and San Bernardino counties

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Bank of America has given a $15,000 grant to support two programs at UC Riverside that focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) outreach.

The funding will be split by the ALPHA (Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement) Center and the MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) program.

Through outreach and partnerships, the ALPHA Center helps instructors become better mathematics and science teachers; inspires young minds to embrace those fields; and helps bridge the achievement gap by assisting underrepresented and underserved populations in Inland Southern California.

MESA programs, which are run through UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, engage middle and high school students throughout the academic year. College student advisors from similar backgrounds who have been successful in STEM programs help the students.

Students work before and after school to design and build projects. In addition to the advising sessions, MESA participants work outside of the classroom on activities, such as field trips, interactive competitions and hands-on experiments and design projects.

The programs serve students throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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