KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (July 13, 2023) — The Pacific Power Foundation is announcing more than $200,000 in new grant awards to nonprofits and community organizations that support education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities in the communities Pacific Power serves. 

Through this funding, the foundation seeks to open doors to opportunity now and in the future by investing in programs that support and lift up young people through education and skill development for a rapidly changing world.

“We’re honored to help our local organizations prepare kids and adults to thrive and succeed on their own terms through these education, STEM and workforce development opportunities,” said Todd Andres, Pacific Power regional business manager. “We are inspired by the many innovative ways our communities are helping our young people prepare for the future.”

These education and STEM grants are made through one of four grant cycles offered by Pacific Power’s nonprofit arm each year. The following seven grants totaling $25,000 were given to these regional organizations:

Crosspoint Christian School for a new shot clock to be installed in the school gymnasium prior to the 2023-2024 basketball season to meet Oregon School Activities Association guidelines. 

Friends of the Mentor Program to help provide a variety of STEM activities to Lake County students through team mentor and one-on-one programs.

Henley Engineering and Robotics for the purchase of equipment for the elementary and high school robotics programs, and to help students attend the VEX Robotics World Championships.

OHSU Foundation for the On Track health and science pathways outreach program providing hands-on education aimed at helping Native American students in Klamath County discover biomedical career paths. 

Oregon Tech Foundation to support scholarships for four students from Pacific Power communities who are pursuing degrees in renewable energy engineering or electrical engineering at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Ponderosa PTO for the support of Math Madness, a bracketed math competition in which teams compete for prizes, designed to improve students’ math scores. 

Portland State University Foundation – Oregon MESA Program to help present STEM programs at middle and high school chapters in Southern Oregon.