The Gilbert Education Foundation (GEF) strives to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to Gilbert Public Schools. With the adoption of a curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Desert Ridge High School began their engineering program. In addition, Campo Verde High School, which opened Fall 2009, launched a PLTW bio-med program. In 2012 Highland High School will begin a pilot STEM program. This STEM program was awarded to only two schools in the State. GEF hopes to support similar STEM education programs in both Gilbert and Mesquite High School in the future. In addition, GEF partners with the Town of Gilbert’s Business Development office to conduct campus tours. The goal is to create community, and expose East Valley employers, community leaders and post secondary institutions to the types of students going through these programs. Stakeholders in these industries all come together with the purpose of developing relationships for future investments, internships, and mentoring.
GEF, while supporting the vision of Gilbert Public Schools, desires to financially support STEM education in our high schools. GEF will work closely with district superintendence to put much needed funding for these programs to the most effective use.
“Winning the STEM Scholarship means so much to me! It’s very motivational to be supported in pursuing the career of my dreams! Thank you Gilbert Education Foundation and Orbital Sciences!.”
Earning the Dignity Health Medical Scholarship means that all of my hard work has really paid off!
Earning the Gilbert Education Foundation Academic Scholarship has been invaluable in allowing me to pursue a dream career in the medical field as well as become the first person in my family to pursue a 4-year degree. This scholarship opened up an opportunity that otherwise might not be available to me.