IBX STEM Center receives $180,000 grant

Published 3:51 pm Friday, November 25, 2022

The Inner Banks STEM Center received a grant for $180,000 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund at their annual gala fundraiser event on Saturday, Nov. 19. 

According to Al Powell, president of the Inner Banks STEM Center, the grant will help fund a program called “Renewable Energy Sources Using Artificial Intelligence” for three years. Partners with Inner Banks STEM to provide the program will be NASA, ECU School of Engineering and North Carolina A&T State University School of Environmental Science. 

Alfred Mays, Chief Strategist and Diversity Officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund presented the check to Powell. Part of the Fund’s work includes donating to nonprofit organizations like Inner Banks STEM Center that create a desire in young people to pursue careers in a science related field. “believes that a diverse scientific workforce is essential to the process and advancement of research innovation, academic discovery, and public service,” the Fund’s website reads.