Pay It Forward Grant: Greater Than Tech
De’Schzunell donates his time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. This program combines education with mentorship to increase racial equity in the field of engineering by funding students with scholarships and providing them with professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Mr. Catlin who donate their time as mentors. At the close of the school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from the Forward Foundation and is provided with the opportunity to direct the grant in their name to a public charity or educational institution of their choice.
Greater Than Tech is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create the next generation of innovative technology leaders by introducing girls and underserved students to immersive educational programs at the intersection of STEM and business. The organization started in 2020 with 6 students and a 1-day workshop and has since grown to empower hundreds of students, with 70% minority female students. Greater Than Tech creates meaningful change through programs that teach students how to use emerging technologies to solve real-world, business problems.
The Forward Foundation is proud to donate to such an important mission and, together with Mr. Catlin, is happy to support Greater Than Tech’s goal to create opportunities for greater gender and racial equity in STEM fields.