To support the class of 2021, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) program received funding from 43 chemical manufacturers and industry stakeholders with an investment of $7.2 million. FOSSI scholarship recipients represented 28 states, with students planning to attend 26 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
With an investment of nearly $100,000 annually, Hexion has announced it will sponsor two scholars over the next four years, joining a growing list of organizations funding the initiative.
“Hexion is pleased to help support this critical, industry-wide initiative to help increase the number of underrepresented professionals in the STEM workforce,” said Craig A. Rogerson, chairman, president and CEO. “Hexion and FOSSI are dedicated to supporting those STEM Scholars who would otherwise not have access to STEM education by eliminating financial barriers. At Hexion, we are committed to celebrating the diversity of our associates and creating an environment of inclusion. The FOSSI program aligns perfectly with these principles.
Hexion’s charitable activities primarily focus on causes that support children, the less fortunate, health and wellness, and STEM education at all levels. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global adhesive, coatings, composites, and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products, and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries.
FOSSI is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2022 at www.futureofstemscholars.org/fossi/apply. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.
FOSSI provides opportunities for chemical manufacturers, supply chain partners, and affiliated industry stakeholders to fund scholarships, provide internship opportunities and facilitate mentoring and leadership training for students majoring in STEM at HBCUs.
FOSSI has a joint partnership with the American Chemistry Council, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Chemours, and the HBCU Week Foundation, which encourages students to attend HBCUs.