Around the world, we’re helping to train the scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who will be important to tomorrow’s economy.

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With our investment, the Technical Education Program in Russia offers scholarships to 365 students.

As the global economy evolves, so do the skills that will be needed by tomorrow’s leaders. To prepare the communities where Alcoa operates for the world to come, the Alcoa Foundation focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.


To increase diversity in these fields, we place special emphasis on engaging girls, women, and other under-represented groups to pursue science and technology careers.


Junior Achievement



The Alcoa Foundation and Junior Achievement are helping young people around the world imagine a new path for their future. We’re encouraging high school students in Canada, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. As part of the initiative, students gain access to digital tools and information that help them understand their career options at different stages of their education and professional development.


Academy of Model Aeronautics



Alcoa employees volunteer using flight research kits to engage elementary and middle school students in Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom and United States in the design and flight of the FPG-9 – Foam Plate Glider 9” diameter plate.


FIRST Tech Challenge



When students get a chance to turn what’s learned in the classroom into an exciting hands-on project, it can be a life-changing experience. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor the FIRST Tech Challenge, a real-world robotics competition that shows the exciting side of engineering. Teams of high school students in China, Europe, and the United States are mentored and coached in STEM principles and rapid prototyping as they build their robots and refabricate their creations in alliances against other teams.


Institute of International Education Technical Education Program



In Russia, we are helping the Institute of International Education support the training of college students in technical disciplines. The Technical Education Program advances STEM through stipends, equipment purchases and teacher support. It’s all aimed at better preparing students for successful careers in a variety of technical fields.


Now in its eighth year, the program expects to fund 50 student and 13 teacher stipends at universities in Moscow, Samara, and Rostov-on-Don and support approximately 20 underserved students at technical training colleges. To date, we’ve invested in excess of US$1.5 million to provide scholarships to more than 365 engineering students and stipends to 52 young faculty members for research and publications.

The Boys & Girls Club Technology Training Program



The teen years are a golden opportunity to capture imaginations and guide students to good jobs. The Boys & Girls Club in Moline, Illinois is helping high school students chart a course for the future with a Technology Training Program that reaches more than 300 9th-12th graders. Members participate in a variety of educational and skilled trade activities, through which they learn about professional skills in demand in the Quad City region and how to prepare for technology-related career opportunities.