The Hawai'i Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund was initiated in 2014 prior to the initial start of construction with a commitment of $1 million per year for Hawaii Island STEM endeavors. The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) and the Pauahi Foundation administer the Fund with scholarship, classroom, student and STEM programming initiatives with Pauahi focusing on Native Hawaiian recipients.
In spite of many setbacks TMT has continued to its commitment to the THINK Fund. Within the next few weeks TMT will have funded $4 million to the THINK Fund initiative for Hawaii Island students.
THINK Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation
The THINK Fund at HCF has benefitted 26,000 students and 1,000 teachers on Hawai'i Island. Grants and scholarships seek to provide high-quality, career-connected STEM education and experiences to Hawai'i Island's most underserved youth.
STEM Learning Grants
Classroom Grants through DonorsChoose.org
Programs for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Applications are Open
Applications are open for Career Connected Learning - this is the new name for the redesigned STEM Learning Partnership. HCF is encouraging all previous STEM Learning Partnership grantees to review the request for proposals and apply if they have great programs that fit the parameters. The parameters are very similar to the previous parameters, with a stronger emphasis on how the STEM education activities help participants explore and move into local STEM careers.
Deadline is Thursday, February 15.
THINK Fund at Pauahi Foundation
The TMT THINK Fund at Pauahi has funded thirty-three college scholarships to date, with all students funded for their entire academic career. Total of $568,000. Fifteen scholarships are planned for 2018.
Twenty-three students had full scholarships to Science Camps of America totaling $55,000. Fourteen more Science Camp scholarships will be awarded in 2018.
All students were Native Hawaiian.
The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
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