First Tech Provides Over $1 Million in Education Grants to Nonprofits
May 31, 2022
First Tech Federal Credit Union, based in of Hillsboro, Oregon, recently shared it has awarded more than $1 million to support education programs in its local communities, including $979,300 in grants to 68 nonprofit organizations and $60,000 in scholarships to 12 First Tech member students.
The funded organizations promote equitable access to science, technology, engineering, math, early childhood literacy, and financial education, demonstrating the credit union’s commitment to its core people-before-profits philosophy.
As nonprofits continue to navigate the complex impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, consistent support is more important than ever, the credit union said. During this grant cycle, First Tech prioritized efforts that helped its nonprofit partners adapt to virtual and hybrid environments including program development, operational support, and a broad range of service-oriented initiatives.
“First Tech remains committed to supporting the incredible work of our education partners and the communities they serve,” said Meghan Valley, First Tech’s Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “We are proud to partner alongside these organizations as they find new and innovative ways to tackle systemic barriers and ensure students have the support they need to succeed now and into the future.”
The credit union is continuously having conversations with and collecting feedback from nonprofit partners because increasing exposure to STEM careers is one of its biggest missions.
First Tech’s education grant supports iUrban Teen’s expansion into Sacramento, California, including the implementation of their 2022 STEM Summit for BIPOC Youth. iUrban Teen, an organization focused on encouraging new ways of thinking about STEM, provides insight to underrepresented youth about their future career opportunities.
“iUrban Teen opened my eyes to the larger world of STEM and how I can find my place in that world,” said one high school participant.
Students of all ages parallel this excitement. A third-grade participant in the Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) — a nonprofit collaborative of school districts and industry leaders that leverages resources, talent and intellectual capital to actively eliminate institutional barriers to STEM education — shared, “It was really fun because you got to be super creative, and probably if you love building and STEM like I do, it was super fun.”
For First Tech, the key to making a lasting difference is building on pre-existing relationships and strengthening partnerships year-over-year. For example, for the past five years, the credit union has been supporting Adelante Mujeres’ Chicas Program, which provides education and empowerment opportunities to Latina youth to support them in developing their leadership potential, cultural identity, and achieving academic success.
“[The Chicas Program] helped me to broaden my knowledge of potential career paths that I was previously unaware of and gave me the opportunity to explore my curiosities about my own prospects and background. It assisted me in overcoming personal obstacles,” said one high school student. “They are more than just a program to me; they are family to me.”
To learn more and see a full list of grant partners visit here.
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