Teach for America awarded $1.8 million grant to advance math and science education
December 21, 2010
Teach for America and the Amgen Foundation have announced that they will be renewing their partnership to help improve science and math education.
With this announcement, comes a nonprofit fundraising pledge of $1.8 million from the Amgen Foundation. This money will go to increase the number of highly-qualified science and math graduates who enter Teach for America's teaching corps by 2013.
Every year, the foundation chooses 100 new Amgen fellows from the corps. These individuals receive a $1,000 signing bonus and are eligible for additional classroom resource support and professional development.
"With the Amgen Foundation's generous support, Teach For America has been able to triple the number of corps members with math and science expertise dedicated to raising achievement levels in high-need classrooms across the country," said Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America.
Amgen is a biotechnology leader, reporting nearly $14.6 billion in total revenue in 2009. Since being established in 1991, the foundation has contributed more than $140 million to regional and national nonprofit groups.