SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), announced that its 2014 “Innovation Generation Grants” will support over 90 organizations in the United States and Canada. These programs ignite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as STEM-related careers for teachers and students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities.
The $4 million in grants will support 1 million students and teachers. Each participant will receive an average of 80-hours of hands-on STEM experience. Since 2007, Innovation Generation Grants have provided $38 million to support STEM programs at schools, museums and nonprofits in the United States and Canada.
The 2014 Motorola Solutions Foundation grants were distributed as follows:
The grants were awarded in two categories:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012: The annual mean wage for engineering jobs is $79,000. For all other occupations, the mean annual wage is $45,790. The unemployment rate for engineers is only 3.8 percent, compared with 7 percent for all other occupations.
According to the National Science Foundation: Underrepresented minorities hold only 10 percent of science and engineering jobs despite making up over a quarter of the U.S. population age 21 and older.
Matt Blakely, director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
“In 2007, the Motorola Solutions Foundation created the Innovation Generation Grant program to support instruction and educational experiences that spark young imaginations and turn their dreams into the innovations that will shape our future. Organizations awarded these grants are teaching tomorrow’s workforce that careers in engineering and technology are not only fun, but also within their reach.”
About 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 company 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 www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation.
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