Hello Community Member,
The Women ln Defense Space Coast Chapter (WIDSC) has established the Space Coast STEM Scholarship Program to encourage women in Florida to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States.Since its inception in 2013, the WlDSC has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships and contributed to numerous STEM-sponsored events.
Last year, we raised $11,000 for the scholarship fund and were on pace to meet or even exceed that this year. The COVID-19 pandemic required us to postpone or cancel our fundraising events for 2020 (golf tournament, silent auction, and monthly meetings/mixers). While our ability to raise funds decreased the students’ need for financial assistance grew. The cost of tuition, room and board haven’t decreased, and many students have had their part-time jobs in restaurants, retail, hospitality, etc. severely impacted. Many students’ college budgets hinge on the scholarships they receive; therefore, we are determined to find a way to keep the scholarship program alive for 2021.
To do that we need your help!
We are seeking local companies to donate $250 to $1,000 to the WTDSC Scholarship Fund. WIDSC will award the scholarships in the summer of 2021, and those companies who donated to the Fund will be recognized as scholarship sponsors. As a small business owner, I know how difficult this year has been for managing corporate budgets and finances.
However, I’m hoping your company may still have some funds available for an initiative such as this. If we could collect $7,500 in Scholarship Fund donations, we would consider this a very successful fundraising year in light of the pandemic’s economic impact on businesses along the Space Coast. ln return, we will promote your business as an official sponsor of the event on our website and other social media, for one year. You will also have the opportunity to present your company’s scholarship to the awardee at the annual scholarship ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled for late June 2021. All funds donated through this initiative will only be dispersed to scholarship recipients. All positions in our chapter are volunteer with no administrative fees.
WIDSC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, professional organization that is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The Space Coast Chapter provides a great source for networking, professional development and mentoring of women leaders from Titusville to Palm Bay. Brevard County is a unique area with a prevalent military presence and rapidly expanding national defense industries that employ over 190,000 of our residents. Taking advantage of this environment, our chapter focuses on creating networking and professional development opportunities to promote the role of women in national defense and the adjoining industry. Scholarship Fund donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information on our WIDSC Chapter, please visit our web site at http://scwid.org.
Together we will create a memorable experience while providing your company with a tremendous opportunity to increase your brand awareness within the community and introduce your company to bright young women in Brevard County entering STEM fields. We hope you will consider this wo1thy cause and donate to help make a difference. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Thank you for your time and consideration.