Smithfield Foods announced today it would be committing $300,000 to support Heritage STEM Camps Foundation (HSCF), a nonprofit organization that creates immersive experiences for aspiring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) leaders.
According to a release, the grant will provide funding for a STEM Summer Camp that's aimed at encouraging female students ages 12 to 18 in North Carolina and Virginia to leverage the skills learned to gain confidence, drive meaningful change in subsequent careers, and grow financially.
"Partnerships like these are crucial in our efforts to provide young minority women with hands-on experience in STEM, educate them on career & business opportunities, and create a competitive advantage for young minority girls in STEM in underrepresented communities," said Tina Taylor, Founder and CEO of Heritage STEM Camps Foundation.
According to the Virginia-based Smithfield, the funding will help create a program that focuses on bio-agriculture and technology venture capital. The partnership will help HSCF and Smithfield explore how technology is enabling the agricultural industry as well as understanding the importance of sustainable farming.