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ANSEP receives $466,000 from Alaska companies

13-Jan-2015

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) is continuing to expand STEM education opportunities for underrepresented students in Alaska as a result of generous support from numerous companies totaling $466,000.

Among ANSEP’s many generous supporters in 2014, recent donations include:

  • $25,000 from Alyeska Pipeline

  • $50,000 from Arctic Slope Regional Corporation

  • $36,000 from ConocoPhillips

  • $155,000 from Shell

  • $200,000 from Udelhoven Oilfield System Services

The donations will help the program achieve its goal of increasing the number of Alaska Natives who are inspired and prepared to pursue a career path to leadership in STEM fields. The funds allow for continued growth of the program’s multiple components from middle school, through college and into careers.

“We’re always grateful for the support we receive from companies in Alaska, especially those that also provide internship opportunities for our students and allow them to gain hands-on workplace experience in STEM fields,” said Founder and Vice Provost Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder, Ph.D. “Companies that support ANSEP see the impact our program has on these students and therefore believe in the power of our program to make a lasting impact in the future of STEM in Alaska.”

As ANSEP enters its 20th year, more than 1,500 students are engaged in the program, including middle school, high school and university students as well as alumni. Students represent more than 95 Alaska communities. At its current growth rate, 4,000 ANSEP students will have the opportunity to be on track for science and engineering degrees by 2020.

ANSEP students at every level are successful at rates far exceeding national numbers. More than 74 percent of all ANSEP students who began bachelor’s degrees in STEM since 2010 are still in school or have graduated. To learn more about ANSEP, visit www.ansep.net.

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