NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF GAY AND LESBIAN SCIENTISTS AND TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS INC.
Contact: Rochelle Diamond
chair at noglstp dot org
September 3, 2015
NOGLSTP Continues to Receive Innovation Generation Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation for Educational Support to Students and Young Professionals
Pasadena, Calif. — The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) announces receipt of a grant for $10,000 under the Innovation Generation program of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions.
Through this grant, NOGLSTP will provide scholarships and enhanced mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) students and early career professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Innovation Generation program fosters and supports STEM initiatives for elementary through university students and teachers, especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
NOGLSTP’s Out to Innovate™ scholarship program is marking its fifth year as a source for educational support for STEM students in the LGBTQ+ community. Its scholarships and mentoring opportunities provide meaningful motivation to sustain career paths. They are designed to promote academic excellence and more visibility within the recipients’ fields and communities.
All scholarship applicants are provided membership to the organization and opportunities for travel scholarships to NOGLSTP’s Out to Innovate™ Summit for LGBTQ People in STEM.
“This is the fifth year of support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation to sustain the Out to Innovate™ scholarships,” says Rochelle Diamond, chair, NOGLSTP Board of Directors. “This financial help has been used by students to finish thesis work, provide materials for research, and for many winners make the difference in staying their chosen course. NOGLSTP appreciates the importance given these scholarships by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.”
The foundation’s innovation grant program is designed to inspire students to learn about and increase engagement in STEM careers by providing financial assistance to education programs for elementary through university students and teachers in the United States and Canada. It will impact about 900,000 students and teachers including special populations such as girls and women, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and the military.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation created the Innovation Generation Grant program eight years ago to support educational experiences that spark students to turn their dreams into the innovations that will shape our society’s future,” said Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Organizations like NOGLSTP are teaching tomorrow’s leaders that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach.”
NOGLSTP was established as a professional society in 1980 to educate and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. It presents educational programs nationwide and fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a member of the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute Presidential Advisory Project’s Coalition, a partner with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a founding member of the E-Week (now DiscoverE) Diversity Council, and an American Chemical Society Diversity Partner. It is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming.