Thank you for providing a financial contribution to the MNAiC program in the amount of $3,000, $5,000, or $10,000.

Contributing at these financial levels provides your organization many general privileges outlined HERE.

In addition, your organization is provided the opportunity to dedicate a portion of your funding to the MNAiC complementary programs noted below.  This allows you to personalize your gift, as well as increase your company’s brand equity.  When special event promotion occurs, your organization receives additional recognition.

A $3,000 contribution, allows for $1,000 of your gift to be dedicated to ONE complementary program of your choice.

A $5,000 contribution, allows for $2,000 of your gift to be dedicated to ONE complementary program of your choice.

A $10,000 contribution, allows for $4,000 of your gift to be dedicated to ONE or TWO complementary programs of your choice.

THE COMPLEMENTARY ASPIRATIONS PROGRAMS ARE:

PowerUP IT

A program to support BIPOC youth from urban high schools in the metro area to learn technology and professional skills, and encourage students to pursue technology education and career opportunities.  The  high schools are chosen based on their student body make-up, their technology pathway programs, and their commitment to effectively collaborate with PowerUP IT.  In particular, students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary are supported to participate in Aspirations and SPARCS learning and career pathway programs.   Generally, all pathway enrolled students benefit from the community resources this program dedicates to the schools’ teachers and students.

Click HERE for more information.

Generating SPARCS Program 

Six – eight activities offered during the school year and summer provide hundreds of students in grades 6-12 hands-on tech experiences, opportunities to engage with IT professionals, and a large dose of technology-based peer interaction to help “Sustain Passion And Resolve for Career Success.”  Recent program offerings  include SPARCing College and Career Success, Bright Ideas Hackathon, Social Justice Hackathon with Amazon, Securian/SPARCS event, SPARCS does Target Field, and more!  Events are no-cost to help ensure barrier free participation.

VIEW this brief video for more SPARCS information.

Higher Education Scholarship Fund

This program supports economically disadvantaged Aspirations honorees with one-time MNAiC higher education scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 towards a postsecondary STEM education program within or outside Minnesota.  An Aspirations committee reviews eligible applications, conducts interviews, and determines scholarship awards based on available funding.  Economically disadvantaged students in grades 9-12 selected for any of the Aspirations honor levels are eligible to apply.  Funding is paid to an institution upon successful completion of the awardee’s first quarter/semester of coursework.

To declare the complementary program your organization wishes to lift-up and support, complete this brief online form to submit your special designation.

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2021 MINNESOTA ASPIRATIONS AWARDS  
2019 ASPIRATIONS AWARDS SPONSORS  
NATIONAL ASPIRATIONS AWARDS  
NATIONAL CENTER FOR WOMEN & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY  

To personally discuss designation options, contact  Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence.

(651) 253-9438

EMAIL RUSSELL FRAENKEL