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UNCF and Kia Motors America Partner to Increase the Number of Minority Students Studying STEM and Environmental Science-Related Fields
2/24/2014 9:57:35 PM

UNCF (the United Negro College Fund), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, announced today a $50,000 grant from Kia Motors America (KMA) to support students at selected UNCF Member Institutions majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and environmental science fields of study. The one-year grant will provide $5,000 Kia Motors America STEM/Sustainability scholarships to nine eligible students, and highlights KMA's and UNCF's belief in the importance of increasing the number of qualified minority STEM and environmental science graduates ready to become the next generation of leaders in their field.

"We are grateful to Kia Motors America for its investment in better futures for our young people and commitment to ensuring that more of our students enter these increasingly important fields of study," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. "Kia Motors America's support means that we can and will do more to ensure our young people are able to benefit from the many opportunities provided by a strong STEM or environmental science education."

"Kia's core values include strong commitments to diversity, education and sustainability, and partnering with UNCF, an organization grounded in diversity education and renowned for its dedication to this cause, honors those values," said John Yoon, executive vice president, HR, Administration, Diversity Relations & General Counsel for KMA. "Helping students attain their goal of earning a college degree in STEM or environmental science disciplines is part of our drive to be responsible corporate citizens and give back to the communities that we call home."

"We are excited about adding the new Kia Motors America scholarship to our portfolio of over 400 scholarship programs that UNCF manages and administers. Kia's focus on STEM and environmental majors is very key and timely in today's marketplace. The supply of STEM and environmental science professionals must grow to meet the nation's increasing technological needs. And as the demographic composition of America changes, our cultivation of STEM and environmental science talent must evolve to reflect these changes; that's why the new Kia Motors America scholarship will help make a difference," said Curtis R. Silvers, Jr., UNCF Area Director, Southern California.

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