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The Indiana Algebra Project College Scholarship Foundation has embarked on an $8 million scholarship campaign to financially assist a broad range of students in meeting their educational needs. Higher education has become a pre-requisite in obtaining a livable income, and we must do all we can to put this vital foundation within the reach of those who have the drive, and the commitment to seek it.  

The mission of the Indiana Algebra Project College Scholarship Foundation is to develop a college scholarship fund for Indiana high school graduates by collecting and raising funds from local, state, and national contributors for tuition, room/board, and books. Students must be seeking a degree in Math, Science, or Technology Education; attend an approved Indiana state-funded college; and commit to teaching in the State of Indiana for five years after graduation.  

The National Governor's Association Initiative, "Innovation America," has identified specific skills that a new workforce will need to drive our nation's innovation and economy. Our graduates must be adept problem solvers, innovators, and inventors who are self-reliant. They must be able to think logically and work both independent and collaboratively. They must possess the confidence and understanding to know when and how to appropriately use the tools and technology that enhance success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The key to developing these skills is strengthening STEM competencies in every K-12 student.  

So, how do we do that? By educating and hiring highly qualified math, science, and technology teachers to teach our students and prepare them for the future. The reality is that two-thirds of the nation's K-12 teachers are expected to retire or leave the profession over the coming decade, and it is estimated that the nation's schools will need to hire more than 2 million teachers during that period, including over 200,000 middle and high school mathematics and science teachers (National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century).  

Why do we need great math and science educators? Because, 66% of eighth graders in the United States are not proficient in math; 87% of African Americans are not proficient, and the list of non-proficiency goes on… 80% of Hispanics; 57% of Whites; and in the State of Indiana, a total of 66% of eighth graders are not proficient in math. Furthermore, Indiana ranks 36th in Education in the United States, and one of the reasons for this low ranking is non-proficiency in math.  

According to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 45% of high school graduates in the U.S. were ready for college level math, and only 30% were ready for postsecondary science. In fact, the majority of the students we are educating are not ready for college and careers, and likely will not be competitive in a global economy.

Scholarships attract the best students, enable those who seriously apply themselves to their studies to remain in school, recognize academic achievement, and promote diversity among the student body. In fact, according to the October Time Magazine article, 29% of students cover college costs with grants and scholarships. All of these efforts will enrich Indiana college campuses, and ensure a higher-quality education for our students. Furthermore, scholarships make education attainable for those who need financial assistance, and they enable students to focus on schoolwork and learning, rather than on just trying to survive. 

For more information:

Visit our web site at indianapolisalgebraproject.org;

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/algebraproject;

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