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Bayer USA Foundation Supports Two Summer Youth Initiatives in Pennsylvania

Grantmaking Focus on STEM and Environmental Education Programs

Published 07-03-12

Submitted by Bayer

The Bayer USA Foundation has awarded a combined total of $176,000 to two Pennsylvania programs that extend science learning throughout the summer for high school students: The Pennsylvania State University’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) and RiverQuest.

UBMS fosters science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) diversity and education, while RiverQuest provides environmental education through the Bayer International Summer Sustainability Camp. 

“We are proud to support these unique, innovative youth programs that help us address two of our key Bayer USA Foundation giving areas – education and workforce development as well as environment and sustainability,” said Rebecca Lucore, executive director, Bayer USA Foundation. 

“Our funding of Penn State’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program is helping to develop a more diverse, well-educated and highly trained generation of scientists and engineers,” Lucore continued. “While with our latest grant to RiverQuest, we are once again supporting a program that educates today’s students about their role as tomorrow’s environmental stewards.”  

Penn State Upward Bound Math And Science Program 

The Bayer USA Foundation grant provides Penn State with the necessary support to expand the UBMS Program for the first time to high school students located near Churchill, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh.

Founded in 2000, Penn State’s UBMS Program encourages underrepresented ninth to 11th grade students to enter math- and science-related careers through intensive, hands-on, relevant, year-round intervention.  Ten students from Woodland Hills High School will attend the UBMS Summer Academy, a six-week residential program running June 17 – July 27, 2012 in State College, Pa.  Once school begins in the fall, they will participate in the Academic Year Program. 

The Woodland Hills students will join students from Harrisburg, Reading and Philadelphia and six additional urban high schools from across the state in the program.  UBMS boasts a 100 percent post-secondary education acceptance rate and a 100 percent high school graduation rate for program participants. 


For the fifth consecutive year, Bayer will provide funding to five 14-16 year old students to attend the two-week Bayer International Summer Sustainability Camp.  Students hail from communities across the U.S. where Bayer has key site operations including Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C., Morristown, N.J. and Berkeley, Calif.  Organized and run by RiverQuest, the camp will host approximately 10 students from the U.S. and abroad to experience the organization’s unique river-based and science education experiences.  RiverQuest uses Pittsburgh’s rivers as learning laboratories and provides hands-on, group learning about environmental science, sustainability and climate change. 

The fun, academically-challenging and physically-engaging camp runs July 21 – August 2, 2012.


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