Business and Industry Award in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

This award recognizes a North Carolina business or industry whose support has strengthened science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) preK-12 education programs in either formal or informal settings. The recipient of this award will be honored at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. A profile of the recipient will be featured on the SMT Center Web site.

Support should:

  • Promote active engagement by students in SMT activities
  • Build the capacity of programs to provide all young people access to innovative SMT programs
  • Foster an appreciation of the importance of SMT for future-ready students
  • Build new or support existing relationships between business/industry and formal or informal SMT programs

Examples of support include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing expertise to a SMT program (for example, architectural or design firm donating services to a science museum)
  • Business or industry supporting an in-depth mentoring program between employees and students in SMT subjects
  • Business or industry hosting internship program in SMT fields
  • Advocating for challenging, engaging SMT programs to other businesses and community members

Businesses and industries can self nominate or can be nominated by others.

Award submission requirements

The nominator is responsible for completing the nomination packet including letters of support. Deadline for receipt of all materials including support letters: December 1.

Components of nomination packet:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Description of support. Describe and provide examples of how the support addresses each of the following criteria:
    • Promotes active engagement by students in SMT activities
    • Builds the capacity of programs to provide all young people access to innovative SMT programs
    • Fosters an appreciation of the importance of SMT for future-ready students
    • Builds new or supports existing relationships between business/industry and formal or informal SMT programs
    • Is developmentally appropriate for target audience of program
    • Provides replicable model
    • Include information on impacts the support provided had on SMT education programs, how long the support has been in place and reasons for the initial support.

    Description of program should not exceed 1,500 words and should answer each of the criteria for the award.

  • Letters of support from two individuals. The letters should make a compelling case why the business/industry should be honored. Letters should not exceed 750 words each and should be submitted using the Letter of Support Form.

Once the nomination form is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the nomination. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, please contact the SMT Center at smt@bwfund.org or 919-991-5111.

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