SEMI Foundation, SEMI High Tech U

Founders Grants

Check out some of our Founders Grants highlights below.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean SciencesGrant recipient in 2011, 2013 & 2015

In May 2013, the VWR Foundation awarded a grant to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences to support two of their BLOOM (Bigelow Laboratory Orders of Magnitude) Programs. Located in East Boothbay, Maine, the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences mission is to undertake and sustain excellence in fundamental research into the ecosystems of the world’s oceans; to promote the education and enlightenment of ocean science to all ages; and to directly contribute to the sustainability of research and knowledge exchange both locally and nationally.

The first BLOOM Program, entitled the Keller BLOOM Program, is for 16 high school juniors from across the state of Maine. Funds granted by the VWR Foundation were used to purchase laboratory supplies for both the field sampling and laboratory analysis of samples collected during their field campaign. The second BLOOM Program, entitled the BLOOM Educators’ Program, is a 4-day workshop that teaches the fundamentals of ocean science in a local and global context. The VWR Foundation’s funds were used to supply each teacher with laboratory supplies for use in the classroom.

Quench and ConnectGrant recipient in 2013, 2014 & 2015

In October 2013, the VWR Foundation awarded a grant to Quench and Connect to support science education in Uganda. Quench and Connect is a non-profit organization located in San Diego, CA, that is dedicated to supporting schools in Uganda. Recognizing that health and good education are primary tools to lift a population out of poverty, the mission of Quench and Connect builds on two pillars: to provide clean safe water to students; and to provide educational tools that will significantly increase the academic achievement of the students. Their goal is to enable, improve and enhance the teaching of science at Gayaza Cambridge High School (in Uganda), in order to introduce students to science and inspire them to pursue careers in science, technology and health sciences.

The VWR Foundation’s funds were used to provide educational tools such as laboratory equipment, science textbooks, and computers to Gayaza Cambridge High School. Enrollment at Gayaza exceeds 650 students and these funds will help their science program, which the school began teaching for the first time in September 2012, strive for years to come.

SEMI Foundation Grant recipient in 2014 & 2015

In May 2014, the VWR Foundation awarded a grant to SEMI Foundation to support science education for high school students in San Jose, CA. SEMI Foundation’s mission is to support STEM education and career awareness, providing students experiences leading to success in a STEM education and career. The Foundation partners with technology leaders, secondary schools, and colleges in each community to deliver the best program possible.

The VWR Foundation’s funds were used to provide educational tools and supplies for their SEMI High Tech U program. This three-day program has students engaging in hands-on activities that demonstrate the fun side of STEM learning. Topics include statistics, nanotechnology, solar and alternative energy technologies and electronics.

YMIC FoundationGrant recipient in 2013, 2014 & 2015

In October 2013, the VWR Foundation awarded a grant to YMIC (Young Men in Charge) Foundation to support the YMIC Scholarship Initiative. The YMIC Foundation, located in West Chester, PA, is dedicated to increasing the number of African-American and Latino males who pursue a degree and/or career in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields via academic tutoring, summer camps, workshops, scholarships and special events.

The VWR Foundation’s funds were used to assist 10 students during the 2013–2014 academic year and provided lab equipment and supplies for students to design and present their projects at the YMIC Science Fair in 2014. As a result of the VWR Foundation’s financial support, YMIC is happy to report that so far two participants of the program have successfully enrolled in STEM-related degrees at Widener University and Kutztown University.