Salem Academy and College has been awarded nearly $750,000 in funding from NASA to help address a STEM gender gap.
Salem is one of seven schools nationwide to receive a NASA grant designed to build a pipeline for girls and women seeking careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It plans on offering a mentoring and educational program that will also be available to students from North Forsyth High School.
Summer McGee, president of Salem Academy and College, says that NASA’s goals align with Salem’s commitment to giving women the tools they need to succeed in the areas of health, science, and the arts.
"The research that we know says that girls and women, they learn very early on whether or not they have an aptitude, and they develop confidence to be in STEM," says McGee. "And so this program is really focused on cultivating that confidence and that resiliency, giving them the support to continue to pursue their dreams to be in the sciences."
This will mark Salem Academy and College’s first-ever grant from NASA.