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About the Program

To increase the participation of African American students in the scientific enterprise, the Graduate Scholars Program of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation supports graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) pursuing doctoral degrees in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

The Foundation believes that the well-being of the scientific enterprise depends on the opportunity to consider diverse perspectives, which is made possible by the full participation of men and women of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Science Program advances the goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented groups by supporting HBCUs and graduates of these institutions through our HBCU Science and Graduate Scholars Programs.

The HBCU Science Program was established in 1987 to improve the quality of undergraduate science and mathematics instruction at HBCUs and thereby increase the number of graduates who are prepared to move into leadership positions in their chosen fields. The Graduate Scholars Program was established in 1992 to complement the HBCU Science Program.

In 2003, administration of the program was transferred to AAAS.

Administered by the AAAS and funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
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