Alcoa Foundation Awards Grant for the National Society of Black Engineers to Support Summer Engineering Program for Minority Youth

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    Alcoa Foundation Awards Grant for the National Society of Black
    Engineers to Support Summer Engineering Program for Minority Youth

    Summer Program to Increase Career Opportunities

    PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Alcoa Foundation awarded $25,000 to the 2012 Summer Engineering
    Experience for Kids (SEEK), a program developed by the National Society
    of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 2007. SEEK is designed to raise the
    interest of underrepresented minority students in science, technology,
    engineering and math (STEM) in grades K?12, as an important step towards
    careers in engineering. Alcoa Foundation?s grant will fund the SEEK
    program in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, California.

    ?For Alcoa Foundation, reaching out to the next generation of engineers
    starts with programs that engage young minds in creative programs,? said
    Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation. ?As these students continue
    their studies, they will become part of a STEM-capable workforce that is
    in high demand.?

    SEEK offers a hands-on engineering design curriculum provided by NSBE?s
    partner in the program, SAE International (the Society of Automotive
    Engineers). The SEEK students, in the third to eighth grades this year,
    learn basic science and engineering concepts and engage in team
    competitions during the three-week summer day camps. The elementary
    school and middle school students are guided and taught by ?SEEK
    mentors,? who are NSBE collegiate members.

    ?As a member of NSBE?s Board of Corporate Affiliates, our top-level
    sponsors, Alcoa has shown a long-term commitment to supporting our
    30,000 members,? said NSBE Executive Director Carl B. Mack. ?This
    generous gift to SEEK shows that Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation are
    committed to growing as well as supporting young engineers, by
    funding our efforts on the elementary and middle school levels.?

    For more information about the SEEK program, contact NSBE?s Programs
    Team by e-mail at seek@nsbe.org, or
    visit www.nsbe.org.

    About Alcoa Foundation

    Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the
    U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50
    years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since
    1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to
    nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative
    partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and
    educating tomorrow?s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further
    enhanced by Alcoa?s thousands of employee volunteers who share their
    energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities
    where Alcoa operates. Through the company?s signature Month of Service
    program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in
    more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children,
    serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800
    nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.alcoafoundation.com.

    ABOUT NSBE

    With nearly 30,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers
    (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the
    country. A not-for-profit founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more
    than?310 collegiate, pre-collegiate and technical professional/Alumni
    chapters in the U.S. and abroad. NSBE?s mission is ?to increase the
    number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically,
    succeed professionally and positively impact the community.?

    Contacts

    Alcoa Foundation
    Suzanne Van de Raadt, 212-836-2662
    Suzanne.vanderaadt@alcoa.com

    Source: Alcoa Foundation