In partnership with UNCF, Royal Oils and Gold Series have pledged a $1 million commitment over five years to support Black students pursuing STEM degrees. Each year of the scholarship program, about 20 students will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships over two years, totaling $200,000 each round.
The scholarship program aims to empower Black college students to continue pursuing classes and career opportunities in the STEM space at an accelerated pace. Studies show that while the top four majors for Black students are in STEM fields, including business and accounting at 17.1%, sciences at 12.4%, social sciences at 7.9%, and engineering at 7.6%, According to recent Census data, Black students are leaving STEM majors at a higher rate than White students, even with the same entry rate. The Rooted in Science Scholarship program is working to help reverse that trend.
"My name is Keona Hughes and I am from St. Louis, MO. I recently graduated with my degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. I am motivated to use my scientific knowledge to advance human health and solve complex environmental issues."
Olivia Duever is a rising senior, chemistry major, music minor at Spelman College. After graduating from Spelman, she hopes to attend dental school.
“As a Black female scientist, I know how much representation matters,” said Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, P&G Beauty Principal Scientist. “It’s critical that we continue to foster diversity within STEM fields, as we need the next generation of Black minds to continue to innovate and develop products that better meet our needs. On behalf of Royal Oils and Gold Series, I am proud that we have the opportunity to encourage Black women and men to continue making a difference in the STEM space and pursue their dreams.”