As part of Motorola Solutions’ (NYSE: MSI) 90th anniversary celebration today, the company’s charitable giving arm, announced a first-of-its-kind $90,000 (USD) global scholarship initiative to advance educations of women pursuing careers in engineering.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated $90,000 to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The charitable gift enables SWE to launch its inaugural global scholarship program, building on decades of stewarding scholarship programs focused primarily in the United States.
“As a global company with a 90-year heritage of innovation, we are proud to work with the Society of Women Engineers and invest in the next generation of female innovators,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As the leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions, we’re committed to building a pipeline of talented students who will invent new ways to build safer cities and thriving communities around the world.”
The Motorola Solutions Foundation gift is expected to fund 18 scholarships — each valued at $5,000 — to women pursuing engineering degrees from one of 3,800 ABET-accredited* programs at colleges and universities in 31 countries. Priority will be given to underrepresented populations as well as students demonstrating financial need.
“This gift unlocks a significant turning point for SWE. For more than six decades, we’ve provided women engineers with a unique platform and voice in the engineering industry. Thanks to the Motorola Solutions Foundation, we’re looking forward to empowering even more women around the world,” said Penny Wirsing, president of SWE.
Female students interested in the scholarship can go here to learn more about scholarship requirements and sign up to be notified when the application process opens in December. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2019.
* ABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Search here for ABET accredited programs in your region.
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming.
For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/giving
About The Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives.
For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org.