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August 2, 2021 | Andrew Baird

BraveIT 2021 Recognizes Courageous Efforts to Help Others Prepare for STEM Careers

TierPoint’s BraveIT is evolving, from an event to an awards program, celebrating charitable organizations with compelling STEM programsAll selected organizations will receive a $2,000 donation from TierPoint – and three of the eight have the opportunity to receive additional support – up to $10,000 more, based on online voting.

BraveIT – 2021 focus

With a new and expanded focus on philanthropy, BraveIT 2021 will support charitable groups offering educational programs that help inspire and prepare various populations to pursue STEM careers.  

We start this year with eight such organizations. In the coming weeks, we’ll share their stories and encourage the public to vote for the one organization they believe most effectively achieves its mission.  

All eight received a $2,000 donation. The organization with the most votes will become our grand prize winner, earning an additional $10,000 donation. And the organizations with the second and third-most votes will each receive an additional $5,000. Winners were announced on Thu., Sept. 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch the full webcast here 

Announcing the BraveIT Award winner

Congratulations to our winner, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU). Nominated for this year’s program by our valued partners at Intelisys, TCMU is a Smithsonian affiliate and one of the largest children’s museums in the nation. TCMU is an incredible place where children can discover, learn and grow.  The organization offers over twenty exhibits that reflect all areas of STEM-based learning and hands-on weekly programming for building critical thinking and developing other important skills. Through scholarship-funded field trips, all children can experience TCMU.

Third and Second place winners were Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and Warrior-Scholar Project. Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.  

BraveIT Award Nominees and Criteria

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs help innovative minds create, imagine, and excel.  As the employment landscape evolves, our future workforce requires STEM education. This year’s BraveIT initiative shines a light on organizations dedicated to closing the STEM skills gap and helping their participants achieve a bright and brave future for generations to come.    

The 2021 nominees: 

  1. Aspire2STEAM.org 
  2. FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics 
  3. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas 
  4. Girls Who Code 
  5. i.c.stars 
  6. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) 
  7. The Summer Science Program 
  8. Warrior-Scholar Project 

Watch the BraveIT Award ceremony here. 

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