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Motorola foundation funds FAU women in science program

Florida Atlantic University is one of several institutions to get money recently from Motorola’s charitable arm.

Motorola Solutions Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to the Boca Raton school for its Women in Engineering/Computer Science program, according to a press release.

The grant “will provide about 400 female students enrolled in engineering and computer science majors with mentorship, networking events and hands-on activities,” the release said.

“The goal of this program is to maintain students’ interest in engineering and technology by fostering a supportive culture.”

In all, the foundation handed out $2.81 million to organizations “to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on women and minorities,” it said.

“The vast majority of recommended programs support hands-on opportunities in engineering and technology,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “This year we’ve expanded the number of grants that provide technology education focused on public safety.”

Other awardees include Chicago Youth Centers and The Boys’ Club of New York.

“About 1 million students and teachers will receive an average of 120 programming hours from the foundation’s partner nonprofit organizations in the upcoming school year,” according to the foundation.

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