Pepsi, Fox Launch Hidden Figures Inspired Contest

Hidden Figures tells the stories of mathematicians and scientists Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson who were the first African-American women to work for NASA during its formative years. The highly anticipated film, due out early 2017, is already inspiring women and girls in STEM. Now PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox are taking that inspiration and turning it into action.

In partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), the two corporations have announced “The Search for Hidden Figures” – a new scholarship contest designed to help uncover the next generation of female leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This contest will support today’s emerging STEM visionaries by awarding over $200,000 in scholarships and other prizes to over 20 winners.

Now through December 10, 2016, online entries will be accepted directly at Young girls between 13 and 19, and professionals 20 and older who work within the STEM fields, are eligible to apply. Judges will include music producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams and “Hidden Figures” producer Donna Gigliotti.

Enter or share the contest here.

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Former NASA Engineer Makes Millions with STEMBoard


For Aisha Bowe, CEO and Co-Founder of STEMBoard and former aerospace engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center, starting a tech company in Silicon Valley was a no go. “We went to the Valley to raise money and the reception wasn’t what we had hoped for, so we decided we knew what we wanted to do and that we were going to make it work. So I continued to work at NASA for two years until we got the company off the ground,” says Bowe. Read the full story here.