Untapped Scholars STEM Scholarship

$1,555 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 21 months
Darryl Wells
for Untapped Scholars, Inc.
Untapped Scholars, Inc. is a tax exempt nonprofit organization that offers educational assistance to underrepresented males who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The focus of this GoFundMe campaign is to raise money for our 2017 Mentoring Program which we will be piloting from March 2017 through June 2017. The program will assign professional STEM mentors to four (4) african-american males from Saint Louis Metropolitan Area high schools. These students will be chosen in February 2017 based on an application, a series of interviews, and an evaluation of financial need.

Our mentoring program, titled "No Ceilings", is aimed at high school seniors who are considering a career in STEM. These students will dispaly strong academic prowess as well as leadership potential in the community. The pilot will consist of a 12-week (6 module) program that will address topics such as:
- Introduction to STEM Careers
- Building Soft Skills
- Financial Literacy
- Building Leadership Skills
At the end of 12 weeks the students will graduate the program, pending completion of a capstone project. Each student will be awarded a $1000 scholarship (the scholarship amount will scale with the success of our fundraising). Our goal is that this inaugaral class of students will go on to lead successful careers in STEM and return to be the professional STEM mentors of tomorrow.

Untapped Scholars, Inc. is dedicated to providing high impact assistance in our community. We ensure that every dollar of your donation is put to use as funding for one or more of our mentoring programs and/or scholarship opportunities. As a start-up 501(c)(3) in the educational charity space, there are incurred administrative and operations cost that we intend to keep on the lower side of industry average. For the fiscal year 2016-2017. The estimate break down is as follows:

- an estimate 50% of proceeds from donations will contribute to the Scholastic Excellence Awards for the 2017 award date
- an estimate 40% of proceeds from donations will contribute to the 2017 No Ceiling Mentoring Program
- an estimate 10% of proceeds from donations will contribute to Untapped Scholars, Inc. endowment fund, business operations, and administrative costs

Untapped Scholars pillars of Empowerment, Excellence, and Engagement are not only in our vision, but in our day-to-day operations. We strive to maintain excellence in financial stewardship and responsible business practices. It is important to know that your financial contributions will be used as the foundation for which we plan to carry out the following efforts:

- Funding STEM awareness initiatives catered toward underprivileged students
- Preparing high school students with the skills they will need to achieve academic excellence in collegiate STEM programs
- Support our collegiate members with summer bridge program opportunities, additional scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, and a continuous presence
- Enhancing the reach and effectiveness of Untapped Scholars programs

Find more information on our website: www.untappedscholars.org
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Untapped Scholars has already started the year 2017 off strong... We have hosted a few auditorium talks to local high schools in the Greater Saint Louis Area, spreading the news about the awesome opportunities STEM disciplines provide... Also, some of the resources and services Untapped Scholars provides to aide in such pursuits... We are currently in the process of selecting our 4 HS graduating seniors to participate in our No Ceiling 12-Week pilot program... The students will matriculate through 6 modules, culminating in a group capstone emulating the infamous "Shark Tank" model... Each participating student will receive a scholarship to help alleviate the financial pressures of paying for higher education... Untapped Scholars needs your help to achieve this goal... Please Donate!!! #PayItForward #TheUntappedWay
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$1,555 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 21 months
Created January 30, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Untapped Scholars, Inc.
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Florissant, MO
EIN: 813518833
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* If, after reasonable efforts, PayPal Giving Fund cannot deliver donations to this charity, the funds may be donated to another charity per PayPal Giving Fund’s policies.
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