SHPE Foundation


Make a Donation the SHPE Foundation Today

Our organization is dependent upon the support of sponsors and donors from industry and private donations. As we continue our educational outreach efforts, we are asking for suggested donations of $50.00, $500.00 or $5000.00. Your tax-deductible donation will assist us in continuing our mission of educational enrichment for the Hispanic and Latino community.

To make a donation, mail your contribution to:

The SHPE Foundation
1444 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Check, money order or cashier check donations are accepted.

Call: (703) 373-7930 ext 204 for more information or to sponsor or endow a specific scholarship or program in your name.

Our goal is to continue to broaden the pathway to science and engineering participation by venturing to create new partnerships and programs that create sustainable and accessible opportunities to Hispanic youth and professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Specifically, your donations will assist the SHPE Foundation in furthering the growth of the following programs:

In these tough economic times, our work is more important than ever. In 2006, Hispanics represented 15 percent of the U.S. population. As the fastest growing segment of the population and the youngest, in 2006, Hispanics comprised 20 percent of the pubic school enrollment and 12 percent of the undergraduate enrollment. It is projected that by 2017, Hispanic undergraduate enrollment will increase by 39 percent, far greater than the rate for all other ethnicities. However, while the population is quickly growing, parity in STEM education and workforce attainment has yet to be realized.

In fact, a study done by the National Science Foundation (Hill, 2002; Hill & Johnson, 2004) discusses the disparities of college degrees earned in STEM by Hispanic students and other racial/ethnic groups. In 2008, Hispanics earned only 7.8 percent of baccalaureate engineering degrees awarded to U.S. citizen and legal residents, an increase of two percentage points from 1999.

To address this persistent gap, our organization has over twenty initiatives in place to nurture the academic and career development of our Hispanic youth. Since our inception, we have directly reached over 10,000 students and indirectly reached countless other students and parents. In addition, each year we award over $250,000 in merit and need based scholarships to deserving Hispanic high school, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM careers.

SHPE Foundation, a 501c3, tax-deductible non-profit organization welcomes your financial contributions in support of its educational endeavors to support scholarships and educational enrichment programs for Hispanic students pursuing academic studies in science, technology, engineering and math.

Thank for your support of Hispanic and Latino youth.

Diana Gomez, Chair
SHPE Foundation
Board of Directors