Chemours is giving financial assistance to six Delaware high school graduates through its Future of Chemistry scholarship program.

Company CEO Mark Vergnano says four of the scholarships are for ten-thousand dollars a year for four years.

The recipients will be studying in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the fall.

Susan Kelliher, Chemours Senior Vice-President for People and Health Services, says the recipients are overwhelming.

"All of them have really combined their academic work with their volunteer passion and that's exactly what they're moving into university studies with."

Kelliher says there needs to be a greater effort to engage young people into STEM studies, especially in minority communities.

"People aren't opening the aperture enough. They're not welcoming young women, young people of color into STEM at an early age - in elementary school, in middle school, and nurturing them."

Vergnano says a shortage of STEM-based employees is approaching critical mass.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the year 2022, which is just three years away, there'll be approximately one million unfilled STEM jobs in the United States.

"These jobs represent a pathway for future doctors, scientists and engineers. Jobs that are vital to every person and every industry in this country."

The four year scholarship awards are going to:

  • Nia Anderson, who plans to attend Howard University and study computer science

  • Kayla Bell-Davis, who plans to attend Howard University and study biology (pre-med)

  • Jazmine Harrison, who plans to attend North Carolina A&T University and study bioengineering

  • Simone Josey, who plans to attend North Carolina A&T University and study biomedical engineering

Two students have been awarded one-time scholarships of $2,500:

  • Larae Christie, who plans to attend Delaware State University and study geriatric nursing

  • Jalynn Sampson, who plans to attend Delaware State University and study food and nutritional sciences

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