Women of TI Fund exceeds $500,000 fundraising milestone
Each summer, The Women of TI Fund sponsors AP Physics Camps for girls, which demonstrate via interactive and hands on activities that science can be fun and interesting.
Eight years after several senior TI women executives pooled their personal resources and formed a donor-advised fund at the Dallas Women's Foundation, the Women of TI Fund has exceeded its long-term $500,000 fundraising goal.
"Reaching this milestone definitely calls for celebration," said Melendy Lovett, a Fund founder and TI senior vice president and president of TI's Education Technology business. "Our efforts are making a real difference in the lives of young girls, and we are seeing them pursue dreams that they never thought were possible."
The Fund established the $500,000 fundraising goal in early 2005 after reaching the $200,000 mark. The goal was to generate dollars required to expand the reach of the Fund's High-Tech High Heels programs. These programs support the Fund's mission of increasing the number of girls graduating from high school who then enter a university-level technical degree program.
"We want to grow the number of teachers, counselors and girls we are able to reach, and it takes money to do that," Lovett said. "Now that we have reached this goal, we can put additional plans in place."
Over the next 12 months, the Fund will expand its three High-Tech High Heels programs in the Dallas Independent School District and the Plano Independent School District (PISD).
A career workshop for school counselors will be held in the PISD in 2009. The workshop's objective is to equip the counselors with tools so they can knowledgeably present engineering opportunities as career options for girls.
AP Physics Camps for high schools girls provide an environment where students work on physics projects and interact with professional women who received a science, technology, engineering or math degree.
"We are very excited about this expansion opportunity because it will significantly improve our reach," said TI Fellow Wanda Gass. "Plans are also under way to expand the programs into other districts in the Dallas area."
For more information, visit the Women of TI Fund Web site.