Mesa Public School District’s Native American Education Program Receives STEM Talent Pipeline Grant

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today announced an educational grant of $5,000 to support the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs offered to the Mesa community’s Native American students, joined by the office of U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

PhRMA partnered with the Mesa Public School District and the Native American Education Program (NAEP) to bring this vital funding to local students. The Native American Education Program is made available to all Native American students of the Mesa Public School District. The program’s goal is to encourage and provide the necessary tools to help students reach their maximum potential and make their educational experience positive and rewarding. This educational grant will support age-appropriate STEM educational activities offered for students in grades K-8.

“Strengthening STEM education equips Arizona students for the jobs of the future,” said Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

“The Mesa Public School’s Native American Education Program (MPS NAEP) provides tools in education and in Native American culture for a chance to be successful when they enter the community and workforce,” said Esther Nystrom, program specialist for MPS NAEP.  “This grant will provide tools to enhance academic concepts and create an opportunity to push innovative thinking to solve real-world problems. By providing this opportunity, we are enabling students to enhance their skills in creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills while building upon Native American knowledge.

“PhRMA represents the country’s top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow the United States to be a leader in innovation, particularly in the fight to combat COVID-19. Programs like this are an excellent way for students to develop an interest in STEM careers. PhRMA is proud to support the Mesa Public School District’s Native American Education Program and their commitment to offering students quality STEM education opportunities,” said Nick McGee, PhRMA.

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