June 14, 2023
Motorola Solutions Foundation and Calculated Genius Announce Recipients of 2023 Bright Minds, Bold Futures Scholarship
Supporting 37 Chicagoland technology and engineering students every year of their college career
CHICAGO – June 14, 2023 –Today the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), together with Calculated Genius, awarded approximately $100,000 in scholarships to 37 deserving students from underserved and underrepresented Chicagoland communities who are pursuing degrees in technology and engineering.
The 2023 Bright Minds, Bold Futures Scholarship is renewable, allowing students to receive $3,000 during their first year of college and an additional $2,500 each subsequent year throughout their two or four year college education. In addition to the scholarship, students will be matched with a mentor who is a Motorola Solutions professional in the technology field and provide support through regular guidance check-ins, leadership conversations and internship opportunities.
“I am grateful and excited to receive this scholarship. What a great gift at just the right time. I can't thank Calculated Genius and the Motorola Solutions Foundation enough,” said Bright Minds, Bold Futures scholarship recipient Annabel Johnson. “I am honored to be a part of this cohort as I pursue my engineering degree."
Scholarship recipients are pursuing a wide range of degrees covering computer science, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, construction engineering and cybersecurity. Sixty-five percent of recipients are women and nearly half are first generation college students.
Recipients were recognized for their accomplishments during a special ceremony hosted at Motorola Solutions’ Experience Center in Chicago, Ill. with 70+ students, parents, teachers, mentors and volunteers in attendance.
“Calculated Genius is delighted to partner with the Motorola Solutions Foundation in our work to improve diversity, inclusion, access and representation in the fields of engineering and technology. This is a huge step forward and sets a fantastic example of what is possible with community partnerships like ours,” said Brian Biederman, executive director at Calculated Genius.
“We enthusiastically congratulate all of the well-deserved Bright Minds, Bold Futures scholarship recipients who demonstrated grit and perseverance in the face of some of the most challenging obstacles,” said Karem Pérez, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Motorola Solutions. “My fellow Motorolans and I are proud to support these incredible students every step of their college career and we look forward to witnessing the impact they will make on the world.”
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
As the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the Motorola Solutions Foundation partners with organizations around the globe to create safer cities and equitable, thriving communities. We focus on giving back through strategic grants, employee volunteerism and other community investment initiatives. Our strategic grants program supports organizations that offer first responder programming and technology and engineering education, and align to our values of accountability, innovation, impact, diversity and inclusion. The Foundation is one of the many ways in which the company lives out its purpose of helping people be their best in the moments that matter. For more information on Motorola Solutions corporate and foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation
About Calculated Genius
Calculated Genius is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to engineering, to inspire and support a brighter future. Founded in 2016 by engineer and entrepreneur, Kimberly Moore, Calculated Genius provides STEM + programming, scholarships and mentorship, demonstrating through example a pathway to sustainable, rewarding, and essential careers in STEM. Learn more at calculatedgenius.org. Follow CG on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.