Over $300,000 Donated to School Districts Around the Country in 2015

In just 2015 alone, Dun & Bradstreet‘s EdAhead initiative donated over $300,000 to various schools across the country. Here’s a break down of each school the company supported by donating to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

– Tempe, Arizona: $4,100
– Short Hills, New Jersey: $5,650
– Greensboro, North Carolina: $19,271
– Tucson, Arizona: $20,595
– Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: $32,355
– Los Angeles, California: $100,000
– Santa Monica & Malibu, California: $100,000 + $25,800 intern scholarships

To see what some of the funding has been used for, check out a recap of two Malibu team members’ tour of some of the local schools.

 

 

2014 EdAhead Intern Nikan Namiri First to Receive Dun & Bradstreet Scholarship

In the summer of 2014, Nikan Namiri interned with Dun & Bradstreet as an EdAhead intern, and now, after being honored as salutatorian in Santa Monica High School’s Class of 2015, he has been accepted to UCLA, where he will pursue his studies in bioengineering. The Executive Director of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation presented Namiri with a check to use toward his studies, a gift from Dun & Bradstreet for his time there as an intern. Namiri is the first 2014 intern to accept his college admissions offer and Dun & Bradstreet wishes him the best in his future endeavors!

To learn more about Namiri and his high school accomplishments (like founding a non-profit), read this article from the Santa Monica Daily Press.

North Hollywood High School Team Named National Champions at CyberPatriot Finals

L.A. Unified’s Beyond the Bell teams competed for the national high school cyber defense championship for the sixth-straight year. In Dec. 2014, Dun & Bradstreet donated $100,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of its EdAhead program. That donation is being used to support the Beyond the Bell CyberPatriot and CyberGirlz programs, which were designed to train young women in technology and cyber security and prepare students to compete at the highest level in CyberPatriot: The National Student Cyber Defense Championship. We’re thrilled to have supported a program like this, and that Team Azure from North Hollywood High School won the national title!

The Finalists

This year, Beyond the Bell named three teams for the national finals – more than any other school district in the nation! Most of LA’s teams are from Title 1 schools and those competing include teams from Franklin and North Hollywood High Schools. Team Azure, this year’s winner, was also the 2014 Championship winner. Two of their champions are actually already working in the cyber security field while finishing up high school and preparing to go to college in the fall.

About Beyond the Bell & CyberPatriot

Beyond the Bell LA is responsible for all the after school programs for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Six years ago, Beyond the Bell innovated an after school STEM program to train students to defend and defuse cyber attacks. The program was designed to prepare students to compete at the highest level in CyberPatriot: The National Student Cyber Defense Championship. CyberPatriot was started seven years ago by the Air Force Association to create generations of students skilled at cyber defense. Today the program is the largest in the country with148 teams and over 600 students, 30 percent of whom are female. The program aims to grow the number of female participants every year.

Photo Credits: North Hollywood High School, Franklin High School, U.S. CyberPatriot

Tempe Elementary School District Receives First-Ever EdAhead Grant

On Jan. 26, 2015, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. made a first time donation of $4,100 to the Tempe Elementary School District* to support its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives. The school district will use the funds to support the Fees College Preparatory Middle School STEM based curriculum.

Tempe Elementary School District has allocated the EdAhead grant to support the second year of Fees College Prep’s STEM academic program, benefitting approximately 165 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students by providing a STEM-based curriculum and a dedicated elective focusing on science, social studies, and language arts. The donation will specifically allow the school to purchase and maintain additional equipment for the STEM lab, replace consumable materials for all STEM classes, provide a STEM student field trip to the Arizona Science Lab, participate in the City of Tempe’s Geeks’ Night Out, and participate in STEM competitions.

“We are extremely honored to have been chosen by the school district to receive this contribution from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.,” said Kacy S. Baxter, Principal at Fees College Prep.  “Our STEM program provides students real-world opportunities that help to guide career decisions.  The additional support allows us to expand and enhance the program, which ultimately benefits our students and paves the way for their future.”

This is the first year that Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has contributed to Tempe Elementary School District, and since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of almost $530,000 to public schools throughout the country.

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EdAhead Sends Grimsley High School Students to International Career Development Conference Through $19,000 Grant

At Grimsley High School on April 16, 2015,  Dun & Bradstreet Credibility’s Greensboro team presented a check for $19,271 to the Enrichment Fund for Guilford County schools to establish “The Future Thinkers, Doers and Innovators Fund” on behalf of our EdAhead Initiative. EdAhead is the nation’s first education savings program with a multiple match, which means the donation we presented today is based on the matched amount of contributions (up to a certain amount) that the Greensboro office employees made to their 529 education accounts.

This fund provides scholarship support to Guilford County students who advance to regional and national conferences or competitions related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The fund gives priority to the students with the greatest financial need, and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility was actually able to meet a few of the students who were awarded a $2,400 grant from this funding. This grant also allows the Grimsley High School DECA students to travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in an International Career Development Conference. One student stated he was humbled for the financial assistance because this international leadership competition was his “superbowl,” and that this funding gave him the platform to meet likeminded future business leaders and further his business knowledge.

Kudos to our Greensboro employees for helping make this happen! 

 

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Bethlehem Area School District Receives $32,355 for STEM Initiative

On Feb. 10, 2015, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania office donated $32,355 to the Bethlehem Area School District* to support the district’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiative, which prepares students for higher education and careers in the STEM fields.

The EdAhead funds will be used for the Bethlehem Area School District’s high school STEM initiative called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a four-year series of courses for high school students developed by engineers, physicians, university faculty and associated organizations. The curriculum, when combined with traditional mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and the medical fields prior to entering college. Students receive the opportunity to investigate a variety of careers in STEM fields as the program prepares them for post-secondary education.

“Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s support of our ambitious Project Lead the Way program provides Bethlehem Area School District students with unique learning opportunities that prepare them to move into high demand STEM careers,” said Dr. Joseph J. Roy, Superintendent of Schools, Bethlehem Area School District. “We are grateful and proud to call the local Dun & Bradstreet Credibility employees our partners.”

This is the second year that Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has contributed to the Bethlehem Area School District and the company hopes to inspire other local businesses to join the cause and offer EdAhead programs for their employees. Since 2013, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility has donated a total of almost $530,000 to public schools throughout the country, and $62,355 to the Bethlehem Area School District.

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