by Diane VanDyke
The trustees of The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Conshohocken, recently awarded a grant to Montgomery County Community College for scholarships for students pursuing higher education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
The grant award will provide scholarships for high-achieving, financially challenged students from the Plymouth-Whitemarsh School District. The scholarships will enable students to pursue careers in high-demand STEM fields. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is projected to grow by approximately 29 percent, which will add about 2.1 million new jobs by 2020.
MCCC’s STEM division offers nationally recognized, competitive transfer programs, as well as career-track programs. Students completing the transfer programs continue their education at local and regional colleges and universities, including Temple, West Chester, Gywnedd-Mercy, and Chestnut Hill, as well as Rowan, Widener, Thomas Jefferson, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania. Individual courses are widely accepted at regional universities and beyond.
The Quaker Chemical Foundation was established more than 50 years ago to support qualified non-profit organizations through corporate contributions. The Foundation’s purpose is to demonstrate the values of Quaker Chemical Corporation, particularly as they relate to Quaker associates and the local communities in which the company operates. Through its grant program, matching gift program, and scholarship program (for children of associates), the Foundation makes a positive impact in Quaker’s local communities, supports the personal giving activities of associates, and advances the educational aspirations of associates’ children.