The Lemelson Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $706,000 to the Portland State University Foundation to support Oregon MESA’s (Math Engineering Science Achievement) statewide invention education activities that build on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The new grant expands the work of the MESA program to help underserved youth pursue math-based higher education and STEM-related careers by providing a proven mix of pre-college academic, hands-on experience, and mentoring opportunities for K-12 students. This work is vital to the continued growth of Oregon’s innovation-led economy and efforts to ensure that all Oregonians can share in the state’s growing prosperity.
SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, Granite Park Junior High student Syeda Hashmi stood in front of her cheering peers as she was handed flowers, chocolates, a new laptop and a series of checks that escalated in both size and value.
As this year's recipient of Granite School District's "Absolutely Incredible Kid Award," Hashmi received $1,700 from local businesses during a school assembly that took the ninth-grade student by surprise.