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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

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NACME 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Celebration Raises More Than $1M in Scholarship Support for Underrepresented Minorities in the U.S.

Corporate Supporters Challenged to ‘Pay it Forward’ with Surprise Seed Grant from HP

White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the legendary Waldorf Astoria, New York City. The event serves as the organization’s premier fundraising event and brought in more than $1 million in support for scholarships leading into the evening. NACME, however, received a surprise additional gift of $50,000 from NACME Board Company and recipient of the event’s Corporate Citizenship Award, Hewlett-Packard. HP in turn, challenged NACME’s supporters to, “Pay it Forward,” and match their generous donation. The challenge was immediately met by fellow NACME Board Company, PenFed, with a $10,000 gift.

“HP is honored to be recognized with NACME's 2014 Corporate Citizenship Award,” said Sue Barsamian, senior vice president, HP, and vice chairman of NACME Board of Directors. “NACME has successfully established a formula for attracting and supporting underrepresented minorities in engineering and there has never been a more important time to apply that expertise to the high growth field of computing.”

“Since childhood I have always loved surprises, but never have I been as overwhelmed as I was when Sue Barsamian announced from the stage that HP would be providing a $50,000 seed grant to help further establish NACME’s presence in Silicon Valley.” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME. “I literally was knocked off my feet. We are extremely honored to receive this seed grant from HP and doubly honored to have NACME Board Company PenFed step up the plate that evening and provide a $10,000supplemental grant.”

Since its founding in 1974, NACME has been at the forefront of helping underrepresented minorities—those who are African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men—attain their degrees in engineering and the other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Since that time, NACME has provided more than $142 million in scholarships and support to more than 24,000 young women and men. This milestone event filled the Waldorf’s grand ballroom with more than 500 guests representing academia, high school students, teachers, and parents, the corporate world, foundations, and of course, NACME’s current scholars and alumni.

In addition to honoring HP with the Corporate Citizenship award for its long-standing dedication to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM, NACME also honored a group of individuals for their outstanding contributions to NACME’s mission and vision. Those individuals include:

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D., P.E., Former President and CEO, NACME, who was awarded the Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award; Sandra Begay-Campbell, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, who was awarded the Alumni Circle Award; and Diana Natalicio, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at El Paso, who received the Diversity Vision Award.

The evening also served as the ideal venue to unveil NACME’s newest scholarship, which was established earlier in the year by Dr. McPhail, who presented the first recipient of The Pressley and Mauise Vinson McPhail/NACME Scholarship to Khadidiatou Guiro, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate from Rutgers University School of Medicine and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellow.

"Cancer and cardiovascular disease robbed me of my parents, my friends, my truth tellers. My wife, daughter, and I created this scholarship to honor the memory of my parents

by encouraging innovations in bionanotechnology; medical imaging; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; and other areas of biomedical engineering that have the greatest potential to end the scourge of these two insidious diseases,” said Dr. McPhail.


Photo Credit: Ed Eckstein Photography
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO, NACME; John Hinshaw
Executive Vice President, HP; Sue Barsamian, Senior Vice President, HP.