The University of Minnesota has announced a $26 million commitment from the 3M Company in support of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and business leaders.
The company’s pledge to the university’s ten-year, $4 billion "Driven" campaign includes $8 million for scholarships and outreach programs, with the goal of building a pipeline of diverse global talent and further integrating STEM into K-12 education in the state. As part of the commitment, the College of Science and Engineering will receive $3.6 million for scholarships, K-12 outreach, and programming support; the Carlson School of Management will receive $2.83 million; the Office of Equity and Diversity will receive $1.05 million; and the School of Dentistry will receive $600,000.
"As our largest and longest-standing corporate partner, 3M and its legacy are inextricably linked to us, Minnesota’s only comprehensive public research university," said University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler. "3M helped shape my own futu’re as a scientist and a leader, and, with today’s newest wide-ranging investments, together we will continue to drive Minnesota’s culture of innovation, support a critically needed K-12 STEM pipeline, and educate the next generation of leaders. The university and 3M are ideal partners enhancing the vitality of this state while making a real difference across the globe."
“3M Invests $26 Million in the Next Generation of Science and Business Talent.” University of Minnesota and 3M Press Release 12/05/2017.