Tech firm LaunchTech is doing its part to expose more young women to careers in science, technology, engineering and math – where women comprise only 34 percent of the STEM workforce.
As part of its Launching Scholars initiative, LaunchTech recently awarded scholarships to 12 girls who will spend six days at Space Camp for hands-on experience to train for careers as astronauts, pilots and cybertech professionals.
The Launching Scholars initiative
LaunchTech founder and CEO Venus Quates relocated the company headquarters last year from Buffalo, New York, to Huntsville. LaunchTech empowers underrepresented girls to succeed in STEM through scholarships from Launching Scholars.
Launching Scholars is an initiative that stands to provide access to opportunities and scholarships for girls 15 to 18 who are interested in Technology, Aviation, and Aerospace. By removing common barriers, Launching Scholars aims to play a small part in ensuring a more diverse and inclusive workforce in STEM and showing girls that they, too, can succeed in STEM-related careers.
The flagship scholarship provided 12 girls from western New York and north and central Alabama with the opportunity to attend Space Camp in Huntsville.
For those traveling from New York, the initiative covered airfare and accommodations for the scholar and one parent or guardian.
“Launching Scholars is about empowering our future engineers, astronauts, and technologists. Space Camp is just one opportunity to open their eyes to what could be.”LaunchTech founder and CEO Venus Quates
LaunchTech provides mission-critical technology solutions and operations support for enterprise organizations in the public and private sectors. Founded by Quates in 2016, the business has been recognized as part of Inc. 5000 – Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the country’s fastest-growing companies.
Now headquartered in Huntsville, the company also has operations in Buffalo and Alexandria, Va.