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SWE Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant
September 13, 2017

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has announced receipt of a grant for $50,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. SWE will be using the grant to support its K-12 Outreach programming in 2018, which advances STEM education and inspires and prepares the next generation of future engineers and innovators.

“Funding from organizations like the Motorola Solutions Foundation allow SWE to fulfill critical components of our mission,” said Karen Horting, executive director and CEO of SWE. “Funding programs that support the encouragement, education and advancement of our future generation of engineers are critical to advancing our overall objective to advocate for and empower women in STEM.”

The grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation will specifically fund four of SWE’s outreach programs:
SWENext DesignLab, an experience created to encourage girls to choose a career in engineering.
• SWE’s partnership with FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Robotics Teams and efforts to provide resources and diversity and inclusion training to the 10 teams.
• The SWENext program which provides online and in-person resources, education and toolkits for K-12 girls, their parents and educators in engineering and technology.
SWENext High School programming at SWE’s annual conference in Austin, Texas October 26-28, 2017.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of SWE. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

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