March 29, 2012 16:24 UTC

Alcoa Foundation Awards Grant for the National Society of Black
Engineers to Support Summer Engineering Program for Minority Youth

Summer Program to Increase Career Opportunities

Alcoa Foundation awarded $25,000 to the 2012 Summer Engineering
Experience for Kids (SEEK), a program developed by the National Society
of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 2007. SEEK is designed to raise the
interest of underrepresented minority students in science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) in grades K–12, as an important step towards
careers in engineering. Alcoa Foundation’s grant will fund the SEEK
program in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, California.

“For Alcoa Foundation, reaching out to the next generation of engineers
starts with programs that engage young minds in creative programs,” said
Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. “As these students continue
their studies, they will become part of a STEM-capable workforce that is
in high demand.”

SEEK offers a hands-on engineering design curriculum provided by NSBE’s
partner in the program, SAE International (the Society of Automotive
Engineers). The SEEK students, in the third to eighth grades this year,
learn basic science and engineering concepts and engage in team
competitions during the three-week summer day camps. The elementary
school and middle school students are guided and taught by “SEEK
mentors,” who are NSBE collegiate members.

“As a member of NSBE’s Board of Corporate Affiliates, our top-level
sponsors, Alcoa has shown a long-term commitment to supporting our
30,000 members,” said NSBE Executive Director Carl B. Mack. “This
generous gift to SEEK shows that Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation are
committed to growing as well as supporting young engineers, by
funding our efforts on the elementary and middle school levels.”

For more information about the SEEK program, contact NSBE’s Programs
Team by e-mail at, or

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the
U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50
years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since
1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to
nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative
partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and
educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further
enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their
energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities
where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service
program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in
more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children,
serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800
nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at


With nearly 30,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers
(NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the
country. A not-for-profit founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more
than 310 collegiate, pre-collegiate and technical professional/Alumni
chapters in the U.S. and abroad. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the
number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically,
succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”


Alcoa Foundation
Suzanne Van de Raadt, 212-836-2662

Source: Alcoa Foundation