UChicago presents $20k to Argonne’s AABC and HLC for STEM scholarships

By Diana AndersonAugust 22, 2013

On August 15, Argonne’s African American Black Club (AABC) and Hispanic Latino Club (HLC) were presented with $10,000 each to fund their academic scholarship programs and outreach efforts. Newly established UChicago Diversity and Education Outreach Grants are funded by UChicago’s Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories.

“Argonne’s volunteer club members make an important contribution to furthering STEM career choices among underrepresented groups,” said Donald Levy, UChicago Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories and Chief Executive Officer, UChicago Argonne, LLC Board of Directors. “I am happy that my office could contribute to their efforts in support of our mutual goals of diversity and inclusion.”

The grant was established to support Argonne’s educational outreach and diversity and inclusion efforts.

“The funding supports the clubs’ goals and limited budgets, enabling them to expand the possibilities of their reach to a broad and diverse group of students,” said Michelle Horne-Terry, UChicago Director for Performance Assurance and Education Programs.

The AABC recently awarded two academic scholarships to first-time college students from Chicago Public Schools and in 2013 the HLC awarded five HLC Opportunity Scholar awards and one Hispanics in Sciences Incentive Award. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Over the last year, AABC and HLC have worked to build relationships with scholarship winners, providing more than just financial assistance. Scholarship recipients are also invited to Argonne for tours of the lab’s facilities and they’re provided with networking opportunities with Argonne scientists and engineers.

“It’s exciting to see AABC and HLC scholarships open up opportunities for students who might not otherwise have had those possibilities available to them,” said Horne-Terry. “My hope is that the clubs will continue to build relationships with scholarship recipients, staying connected with them throughout their academic careers, providing a form of mentoring support.”