RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (13 November 2023)— The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is proud to introduce the recipients of the 2023 Student STEM Enrichment Program. This program was created nearly 30 years ago to empower and inspire North Carolina students to pursue excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through activities taking place outside of the traditional classroom schedule.

“The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is committed to nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders and innovators,” said Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Program Officer, Alfred Mays. “The diversity of these programs and the students they will interact with represent the future of scientific discovery and technological advancement, and we are excited to support them in their educational journeys.”

The 2023 recipients are:

  • Digi-Bridge | Advancing STEM Education through Digi-Bridge Programming and Robotics Squads
  • Global Health Connections International | Preparing For My Future “FULL STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) AHEAD”
  • Hickory Day School | Lego Education Robotics Club & FIRST Lego League Team
  • High Point University | STEMtastic Adventures
  • North Carolina Aquarium | A Year of STEM at the North Carolina Aquariums
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | North Carolina Young Scientist Society
  • Partners In Ministry | Career and Exploration STEM Academy (CESA)
  • Patterson School Foundation | Appalachian Appropriate Technology Camp
  • Surry County Schools | Emerging Medical Leaders Program
  • Triangle Land Conservancy | The Pathways into Natural Environments and Science (PINES) Fellowship
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill | Geo-Health Interns: Geoscience and Environmental Health Career Connections for Robeson County High School Students
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill | Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Saunders Science Scholars Program Support
  • Wayne County Public Schools | STEM Adventures

The 2023 recipients have been chosen from a competitive pool of applicants from all over the state. SSEP supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on STEM activities for K-12 students and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF’s home state of North Carolina. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. Since the program’s inception in 1996, BWF has awarded 275 grants totaling $41.4 million to 130 organizations.

SSEP awards support career-oriented and practical programs intended to provide creative STEM enrichment activities for students in K-12 education who have shown exceptional skills and interest in STEM, as well as those perceived to have high potential.  After-school programs are demonstrating value in helping to close opportunity gaps for underserved and underrepresented students.

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