Similar to college signing days for athletes, the next generation of STEM talent in the Potomac Region (Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.) will sign a letter of intent to pursue a two- or four-year degree in a STEM field after high school on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this traditionally in-person ceremony will be held as a virtual event. This inaugural Potomac STEM Signing Day, presented by Boeing and powered by Tallo, will feature personal videos and photos from each of the 30 selected students signing their letter of intent and include keynote remarks from: Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia; Lewis D. Ferebee, Ed.D., Chancellor of DC Public Schools; Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director, National Air and Space Museum; Tim Keating, Boeing executive vice president of Government Operations; and Ted Colbert, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Global Services. The event will be live streamed here at 3:00 pm EDT on Monday, May 11.
“Boeing started the STEM Signing Day event to demonstrate our enduring commitment to STEM education and the future workforce of our communities across the country. We’re proud to partner with Tallo to recognize some of the brightest young minds that will be pursuing a higher education in these important fields and we look forward to their contributions to our 21st century economy,” said Tim Keating.
Students throughout the region applied to be a part of STEM Signing Day through Tallo, an online platform that connects talent with opportunities. The 30 students who will sign with major colleges and universities on Monday were chosen based on their involvement in STEM education. A full list of the honorees, along with their current high school, future college, and intended program of study is available here.
This year, 70% of the honorees are female, 30% are male, and 70% identify as underrepresented racial minorities. Nine of the students are from Virginia, nine are from Maryland, and twelve are from Washington, D.C.
Education, business, and community leaders from around the region will join Boeing and Tallo in recognizing these students’ talents and drive for success. Interviews with Boeing executives and the students will be available after the event by request.
“Celebrating and encouraging the next generation of STEM leaders has never been more important. These students are who we’ll be looking to during future public health crises, and we can’t let our current situation stop us from connecting them with opportunities.” -Casey Welch, CEO and Co-founder of Tallo.
About the Boeing Company: Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 160,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.
About Tallo: Tallo is an online platform that connects talent with opportunities. The Tallo app assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Over 850,000 students (age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities in their online profile, connect directly with companies and colleges looking for the next generation of talent, and match with over $20 billion in scholarships. Learn more at tallo.com.