GenCorp Foundation Grants Encourage STEM Education

Sep 02, 2011, 08:00 ET from Aerojet

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The GenCorp Foundation continues to advance its mission of community support and giving with the announcement of its $202,800 in grants dedicated to nonprofit and educational groups. Organizations in Sacramento, Calif.; Camden, Ark.; Redmond, Wash. and Washington, D.C. will receive grants that primarily support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education outreach efforts.

"The GenCorp Foundation deeply values STEM education and its far-reaching impact," said GenCorp Foundation Director, Juanita Garcia. "Our nation will always need a world-class technical workforce, and investing in STEM now ensures a bright future for students and our country."

The grants represent the foundation's giving for the 2011 third quarter, and bring the organization's annual contributions to more than $440,000.

California grant recipients include:

  • Aerospace Museum of California
  • Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County-Western Slope
  • Discovery Museum Science and Space Center
  • Folsom Lake College
  • University of California, Davis

Arkansas grant recipients include:

  • Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts
  • Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
  • Southern Arkansas University Tech

Washington grant recipients include:

  • Pacific Science Center
  • Museum of Flight
  • University of Washington

Washington, D.C. grant recipient:

  • Virginia Space Grant Consortium

The GenCorp Foundation is the philanthropic arm of GenCorp, the parent company of Sacramento-based Aerojet. The GenCorp Foundation focuses its giving on education, especially in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In 2010, the foundation invested $691,011 in the 12 communities where the company has a business presence. Since 2000, the foundation has contributed more than $8 million throughout those communities. Visit the GenCorp Foundation's Decade in Review Report.

GenCorp is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities related to the entitlement, sale and leasing of the company's excess and real estate assets. Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader principally serving the missile and space propulsion, defense and armaments markets. Aerojet has been a major employer in Sacramento since the 1950s.

SOURCE Aerojet