Wells Fargo and Tuck Announce Scholarship Program for Diverse Businesses

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Wells Fargo announces $100,000 scholarship fund for diverse business owners to attend Tuck School of Business Minority Business Programs.

Wells Fargo today announced the Wells Fargo Scholarship Fund for Diverse Businesses in collaboration with the Tuck School of Business. With $100,000 to fund 24 scholarships for the Tuck School of Business Minority Business Programs, certified minority, women, veteran, LGBT and disabled owned business entrepreneurs will be able to attend Tuck.

“We’re proud to continue our work with the Tuck School of Business Minority Business Program,” said Regina O. Heyward, senior vice president and head of Wells Fargo Supplier Diversity. “Diverse-owned businesses create jobs and support families and communities in every small town and big city in the U.S. At Wells Fargo, we’re focused on growing diverse businesses by offering executive training, providing access to capital, and working with external organizations to broaden opportunities that will benefit diverse-owned businesses, which are so vital to our country’s economy.”

Wells Fargo has set a goal of spending 15 percent of procurement dollars with certified diverse suppliers by 2020. To reach that goal, they’ve focused on two strategic areas: growing spend with certified diverse suppliers and working with business development organizations and the community to help build a strong network of diverse suppliers.

Tuck’s Minority Business Program started in 1980 and is the oldest program designed to develop diverse business owners at an academic graduate business school. Since its inception, more than 7,000 business owners have participated in the programs. “Tuck MBE Programs is very excited about this expanded relationship with Wells Fargo that allows us to bring our curriculum, faculty and 37 years of experience developing diverse businesses to even more entrepreneurs from diverse communities from across the county,” said Len Greenhalgh Faculty Director and Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Diverse business owners interested in applying for a Wells Fargo Scholarship should contact Jade Melvin at 603-646-8214 .

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells
Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

MassMutual Foundation Expands Reach Of Financial Ed Program With Free App

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FutureSmart App Complements Program Goal of Impacting Financial Literacy of Two Million Students by 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. March 29th, 2017 – The MassMutual Foundation, Inc. today announced its FutureSmart app- an exploratory life simulation that takes students through financial decisions they will face throughout their lifetime, such as saving, paying for higher education, retirement, and opening and monitoring bank accounts.  The combination of gamification and education makes this a one-of-a-kind financial education app for middle school students. The unique app, developed by the MassMutual Foundation in partnership with education technology leader EverFi, is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices in both English and Spanish.

“The average age for a child getting their first smartphone is 10 years old1. The FutureSmart app provides a fun and interactive experience to connect with young people on devices they start to use during the formative sixth through eighth grade years,” said Dennis Duquette, Head of MassMutual Community Responsibility and President of the MassMutual Foundation. “As we head into Financial Literacy Month, we’re excited that this unique app extends the potential reach of our FutureSmart program to anyone with a smartphone or tablet, underscoring our commitment to help young people achieve the financial well-being needed to build a more promising and secure future.”

The FutureSmart app gives students the flexibility to choose their own avatar to guide them between the different levels in the app. Each of the 14 levels introduces students to a new life stage and the financial decisions that are relevant to that age.  For example, level one simulates a back-to-school shopping trip with a tight budget, challenging students to choose how to spend their money to stay on budget. The final outcome is customized to each student’s particular choices, helping them think carefully about their decisions while learning valuable concepts along the way.

This new app builds on the success of the MassMutual Foundation’s FutureSmart program. Since 2014, more than 500,000 students have benefited from the FutureSmart program through the digital program and through FutureSmart Challenge Events –interactive events that educate students about smart money management at NBA arenas. The FutureSmart program aims to impact the financial literacy of two million students by 2020.

The announcement of the new app was made today at a FutureSmart Challenge event in Boston, MA, where students participated in an educational seminar and learned about the importance of smart money management, why a higher education is essential to their financial success and the difference between “smart money” and “dumb money.”  Students were joined by MassMutual leadership and award-winning actor and New York Times best-selling author Hill Harper, who has been involved with the FutureSmart program since 2014.

“The FutureSmart app engages directly with students, reaching them on their devices in a way they can easily understand,” said Harper. “As a passionate advocate for financial education, I believe the app provides young people with a deeper understanding of the connection between the choices they make and potential outcomes.”

Download the app on your iOS or Android device or check out a preview of the game here.

1Influence Central. 2016. Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives.

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 About the MassMutual Foundation

The MassMutual Foundation strives to broaden economic opportunity for America’s youth and their families by investing in financial education for middle and high school students across the United States and economic development and education locally in Springfield, Mass. The Foundation is a reflection of MassMutual’s longstanding dedication to corporate citizenship and its unwavering commitment to the communities in which we do business. To learn more about the MassMutual Foundation please visit www.massmutual.com/responsibility.

About MassMutual

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is a leading mutual life insurance company that that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. MassMutual offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits. For more information, visit www.massmutual.com.

About EverFi

EverFi, Inc. is the education technology innovator that empowers K-12, higher education, and adult learners with the skills needed to be successful in life and work. With backing from some of technology’s most innovative leaders including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Twitter founder Evan Williams, EverFi has built a network that is powered by over 3,300 partner organizations and annually reaches over 6 million learners. Learn more at everfi.com.

USDA Announces $1.7 Million to Support Research at Tribal Colleges and Universities

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP).

“1994 land-grant universities represent a critically important part of our nation’s construct of academic institutions providing the leadership to address nutritional security amongst tribal populations while protecting our environment and natural resources, and at the same time ensuring young people are receiving education that prepares them for the workforce,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy.

There are thirty-four federally recognized tribal colleges and universities, designated as land grants through the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act. For reservation communities, these 1994 land-grant institutions are often the primary institution of scientific inquiry and learning and they offer the distinctive land-grant approach of research, education, and extension. They frame education by drawing on the strength of their peoples’ history, indigenous knowledge, and traditions.

NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program RFA seeks proposals to enhance research capacity at 1994 land-grant institutions and develop research projects of tribal, state or national importance. All applications must include at least one research collaborator from an approved list of research institutions. This year’s RFA offers new research options and funding levels to better target the individual research capabilities within the 1994 land-grant institutions. Categories include new discovery and capacity building research. Within the capacity building option, there are three choices: student research, applied faculty/community research, and pathways to research. The pathways to research choice is new and is designed to fund activities that will enhance the 1994s ability to compete more fully in NIFA’s research opportunities.

Eligible applicants include tribal colleges or universities designated as 1994 institutions under the Equity Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994.

The deadline for applications is March 21, 2017.

See the request for applications for details.

Since 2000, NIFA has invested more than $20 million through the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program. Among recent grants, a research partnership between Northwest Indian College and Oregon State University to pinpoint causes of declines in the Manila clam, an important food source for the Lummi people. To date, the project has trained Native scholars in the field and classroom, and has reached more than 40 Native middle and high school students through outreach events. Another project through Salish Kootenai College in Montana is supporting “Sowing Synergy,” a graduate student exchange with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry to study sustainability through the lens of both scientific and indigenous knowledge.

NIFA invests in and advances innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education and extension programs support the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel whose work results in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate climate variability and ensure food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

10 Reasons to Consider a Career in the STEM Fields

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Thinking about going for a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? Now is the perfect time. STEM is a quickly growing and high paying area that is a great direction for new or graduating students to take. But is it really right for you? Check out these 10 reasons why you should consider making STEM your future career.

1). Cross-Marketability of Skills
It’s not like if you’re a biologist than you can suddenly go into theoretical physics, but the basic skills you learn are useful in many different professions. By studying to follow a field in science or technology you’ll be learning math, research methods, problem solving, and how to fill out mountains of paperwork. Many different jobs across all fields need that, which means you’re already qualified. If you decide to change jobs or have trouble finding one right away, you won’t be left out in the cold.

2). High Pay
Going into STEM isn’t just a great way to get a job. It’s also a way to get a high paying job. Studies have shown that 63 percent of people with a degree in STEM-related work get paid more than someone with a bachelor’s degree in anything else. More than that, 47 percent of people with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field make more than people with a Ph.D. in other areas. Basically, you’ll be more likely to make lots of money than someone who majors in another field of study.

3). Job Availability
With this economy, you might be worried about how you’re going to get a job. Are there really that many jobs available to you? The short answer is yes. There are STEM jobs in numerous different fields ranging from research assistant to physics educator. More jobs are added all the time, so you’re never going to find a scarcity of positions for someone with your qualifications.

4). Less Competition
Even though there are plenty of jobs, there are still probably hundreds of people clamoring to get at them, right? Wrong. Every year 3.2 million jobs in the STEM fields go unfilled, mostly because there is no one qualified to fill them. By educating yourself and preparing to go into one of those jobs, you’ll be a head above the rest who don’t have what it takes to qualify.

5). Less of a Gender Gap
Ok, so maybe you’re a woman and are worried about that huge pay gap determined by gender. This is yet another way STEM can help with your life. Studies have shown that there is a much smaller salary gap between men and women in the STEM fields. It’s also got plenty of racial and gender diversity, so if you’re looking for equality in the workplace then look no further.

6). Basic Skills Won’t Get Obsolete
It’s true that technology is ever progressing, but the basics stay the same. The world will still need math and still need research. Because you have a basic knowledge of the scientific method, computers, essays or report writing and much more, you’ll be valuable no matter how things innovate. You’ll be more ready to adapt to the changes than people who have no experience in the field at all.

7). Innovation
All that innovation doesn’t just help you get a nice paycheck. It also helps others. You have the chance to work on the cutting edge of fields like medicine, computer technology, robotics, and more. If you have a humanitarian streak, what better way to show it than by gifting the world with your ability to innovate?

8). Better Classes
Right now the government is making a big push to get classes funded and available for STEM students. There are more varied classes in different areas and the funding in most states is better for STEM related classes. Given that half of high school students say they’re not going to go into STEM majors, you may also find that your classes are smaller, which gives you better access to professors and resources.

9). Everyday Critical Thinking
Being a problem solver in the classroom and at work can lead to you being a problem solver in life as well. Being trained in a STEM field can assist you in your everyday world and can even save you money. If you have a better grasp of computer engineering, maybe you won’t have to take your computer to the IT guys so often. If you’re a math wiz, doing your taxes might not be as big a bother. Besides, who else do your friends know that can make a potato cannon out of office supplies or a fighting robot from car parts?

10). Love
There is no better reason to go into a field than this. For some people, science, math, and technology are not just jobs. They’re a passion. If your career is something you enjoy doing, you’ll lead a happier and more productive life. You’ll be one of the few who doesn’t dread going to work every day and is able to brag about your job. Even if your grades weren’t the best, even if your pay isn’t as high as you’d like, pursuing what you love is a reward all its own.

Source: study.com

2017 Pura Belpré Awards Honor Latino Authors for Cultural Literature

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The 2017 Pura Belpré award winners were announced this week, showcasing some of the most influential Latino children’s literature of the year.

Colombian-born Juana Medina received the Pura Belpré Author Award for her book “Juana and Lucas,” which she both wrote and illustrated. Medina’s book “Juana and Lucas” is based on Medina’s childhood experiences. The humorous chapter book follows the day-to-day adventures of the invincible Juana, who’s a young girl growing up in Bogota, Colombia and has to learn something called “English”

“It’s a great honor that I would have never imagined,” Medina told NBC Latino of the award announced Monday. Medina said that now more than ever she feels it is her “responsibility to continue telling the stories of Latino characters.”

Illustrator Raul Gonzales received the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for his work on the book “Lowriders to the Center of the Earth.” The book tells the story of Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack and Elirio Malaria, as they embark on an epic journey to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, Aztec god of the Underworld.

The Only Road” written by Cuban-American Alexandra Diaz was named the 2017 Author Honor book. The book follows the journey of two cousins’ journey to the north after their family is threatened by a gang in Guatemala.

Additionally, “Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist” and “The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes,” both illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh and written by Susan Wood, received the 2017 Illustrator Honor Books.

The Pura Belpré award was named after the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. It is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best represents and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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UC helps launch 4-H program in Mexico

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Over the last 100 years, the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources 4-H Youth Development Program has taught California children about food, agriculture, leadership and community service using learn-by-doing practices. To offer 4-H expertise to children south of the border, Vice President Glenda Humiston traveled to Mexicali, Mexico, to sign a memorandum of understanding with Baja California Secretary of Agriculture Manuel Vallodolid Seamanduras on Jan. 20.

“The need for education doesn’t stop at the border,” said Lupita Fábregas, assistant director for 4-H diversity and expansion and UC Cooperative Extension 4-H advisor. “The wonderful educational opportunities available to California youth are now being offered to a group of children in Mexicali. And that program will be a model for the rest of Baja California and Mexico.”

Addressing the children gathered at the signing ceremony, Humiston said, “We’re excited to share the 4-H experience with you.”

Today, projects in new technologies – like drones and rocketry – join more traditional projects – like cooking, sewing, animal husbandry and farming – to give young people channels to explore a wide variety of options and interests.

“We are looking into expanding to community colleges and offering education for future entrepreneurs or youth interested in skilled trades,” said Humiston, who credits 4-H with enabling her to be the first in her family to attend college.

Continue onto the University of California newsroom to read the complete article.

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