Due Date for Authentic Experiences Enhanced Funding Application
PATHS is committing funds (approximately $30,000 per year) to support PATHS Partners to enhance existing programs and/or events with authentic engineering and NASA-related resources, experiences, or activities and to develop new, innovative experiences for students at key junctures in their career pathways. We invite requests in the range of $250 to $5000 to enhance your existing activities in support of the overall goal of the PATHS coalition: to broaden participation in engineering in Massachusetts and develop multiple pathways for engineering students to succeed by enhancing the supportive culture of a broad coalition of partners.
Application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 of each year to allow for a variety of program/event planning timelines. Applications will be reviewed by the PATHS Authentic Experiences committee based on 1) the effective leveraging of PATHS funds, 2) the authenticity of the proposed NASA-related experience, 3) the increase in diversity of the proposed enhancement, 4) the support for success of the planned activity, and 5) the alignment of the proposed activity with PATHS goals.
Examples of authentic experiences that could be funded by PATHS include but are not limited to:
Funds to add a NASA scientist speaker to an event
Materials to add an engineering activity to an existing STEM or non-STEM curriculum
Enhancement a program with funds for additional BIPOC participants