'Hidden Figures' STEM Scholarship

Major motion picture inspires scholarship
Posted on 12/12/2017
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

‘Hidden Figures’ scholarship will benefit Beaufort County students with STEM focus

BEAUFORT – Inspired by the movie “Hidden Figures,” a Beaufort County couple has established a new endowment that will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) college scholarships for Beaufort County students.

The movie, released earlier this year, is about a group of African-American women math experts who worked in the early 1960s for what later became NASA. The women’s math skills and determination to overcome high hurdles made them irreplaceable to the nation’s nascent space program.

“When we saw the movie ‘Hidden Figures,’ we were very touched by its lessons and positive images,” said David Stewart.  “So many children today would benefit from direction and something to believe in – the most important tools in the path to success.”

Stewart and his wife Catherine have set up an endowment to fund two STEM scholarships for graduating seniors each year through the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

“The Hidden Figures STEM Scholarship fund is a welcome addition to our roster of community charitable giving, and we look forward to shepherding its growth,” said Gloria Duryea, the foundation’s stewardship officer.

Stewart said that he and his wife are encouraged by the positive response to date from the endowment’s fund-raising drive, and they expect to offer the first scholarships in 2018.

Interested persons should send their checks to: Coastal Community Foundation, 2015 Boundary Street, Suite 215, Beaufort, SC 29902.  Donors are asked to include on their checks’ memo lines the words “Hidden Figures STEM Scholarships.”  For more information, contact Catherine Stewart.

The Stewarts also purchased two DVD copies of the “Hidden Figures” movie for every school media center in the district.

“STEM education is a key part of the Beaufort County School District’s mission, and it’s impossible for students to watch this movie and not be inspired to learn as much as they can and work as hard as they can to achieve their personal goals,” said N’Kia Campbell, Director of Academic Initiatives.