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STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The issues affecting Hispanic student achievement are well chronicled, including the lack of quality affordable pre-school education, low English reading comprehension, lack of role models, and low enrollment in high school math and science courses needed for college. These are just a few of the factors contributing low numbers of Hispanics pursuing hi-tech careers. San Jose is the nation’s tenth largest city, and we pride ourselves as the “Capital of Silicon Valley.” The Hispanic population of Silicon Valley is close to 30%, yet our representation in the ranks of local hi-tech firms is far below that level.

The Foundation strongly believes that the future of our Hispanic community in Silicon Valley, California, and the nation depends on the current generation of students being more successful in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. To this end we are pursuing partnerships with other foundations, corporations, and business, education and community leaders to address the enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students in these fields.

Silicon Valley Latina Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley established the Silicon Valley Latina Scholarship Fund with funding from the Hispanic Women's Council of Northern California. The purpose of the Silicon Valley Latina Scholarship Fund is to encourage women to pursue four-year college degrees and to encourage women to return to school after having children.

Three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are awarded yearly to women who are entering or attending an accredited 4-year college or university. With the support of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, over 15 women have received their college degree in the areas of Psychology, Economics, and Liberal Studies.

Congratulations to our 2009 scholarship recipients

Gladys Garcia
Angela Flaris
Gloria Pascual

The application process for the 2010 Silicon Valley Scholarship Fund will be announced in February, 2010.