Project Scientist Receives $50,000 Grant From Commercial Vehicle Manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler's donation will support transportation to year-round STEM expeditions and financial aid for Charlotte students

As part of its continued support of Project Scientist, Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has donated $50,000 to Project Scientist which focuses on the advancement of science, research, and education.

“For us, business success and social responsibility go hand in hand,” said Melissa Sharpe, national account sales representative for Daimler Trucks North America. “Project Scientist was selected for this donation based on a vote by our employees located in Ft. Mill, SC. They see its mission for STEM education as a natural extension of the innovative engineering behind our work driving the future of commercial vehicles.”

Sharpe presented the donation today to Project Scientist on behalf of DTNA at Project Scientist’s Summer Academy’s Friday Family Celebration at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte.

DTNA has been supporting Project Scientist since 2015 with donations totaling over $85,000.  This year’s donation will be split between 2017-18 and is designated to sponsor year-round expeditions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to provide financial aid to Charlotte students who don’t have the means to attend the camp otherwise.

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.  

About Project Scientist

The mission of Project Scientist is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls and women with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM. Through engagement of top STEM companies, universities, teachers, and hands-on curriculum Project Scientist Summer Academy attendees discover the endless opportunities available to them in STEM.

The need for Project Scientist was based off a vast amount of research that shows girls with a high skill, aptitude, and talent for STEM subjects are not currently served or identified at a young age. Underserved and unidentified girls are not provided STEM opportunities at a pace, depth, and breadth commensurate with their talents and interests. Founder Sandy Marshall created Project Scientist to change the world’s view of “who” a scientist is and “what” a scientist does. The vision of Project Scientist is to transform the face of STEM by nurturing today’s future scientists who will lead the world in solving tomorrow's greatest challenges.

The Project Scientist staff diligently sets goals and track the outcomes, outcomes that research has proven to affect girls with an interest in STEM. The company annually partners with Harvard and the University of North Carolina Charlotte to research the model and validate the impact that Project Scientist programs are having on those who attend.

Source: Project Scientist/Daimler

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Project Scientist is a non-profit who's mission is to educate, coach, and advocate for girls ages four to 12 with an aptitude, talent, and passion for STEM through offering engaging Summer Academy camps and expeditions to STEM companies.

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