STEM Scholars Program


In 2011, the STEM Scholars Program was developed to address the underrepresentation of African-Americans in STEM fields and the lack of mentors and role models for STEM-interested students. The STEM Scholars Program prepares Dorson Scholars with the skills needed to successfully compete within STEM industries. Dorson Scholars participate in multiple STEM-focused workshops throughout the year, in order to expose them to the STEM academic and career pipeline and develop their problem solving, critical thinking, and project management skills.


We are seeking volunteer guest speakers, as well as STEM professionals interested in mentoring a Scholar or providing internship opportunities.


Get in touch with us today!

STEM Scholars 2019-2020 Info


Donations go towards the purchase of classroom resources, Scholar stipends, breakfast and lunch, as well as program marketing. We are also seeking the donation of new or gently used laptops for student use.

Program Testimonials


East Orange STEM Academy, 2018

Rutgers University, 2022

I was fortunate to have attended the STEM Scholars Program. I attended the program because no one in my immediate family is a professional and I had never actually met a professional who was remotely close to my field. It is not a surprise that my favorite part of the program was being able to ask the guest speakers questions. I also enjoyed working in a group with the other students on a research project and presenting our research to educate each other.


East Orange STEM Academy, 2016

Georgetown, 2020

The STEM Scholars Program birthed my determination to apply to and get into a top-tier university. As a young Black woman, this program allowed me to see the possibilities of competing in various fields that are often excluded from those who look like me. It also gave me one of my long-lasting mentors — Natasha — who was a crucial part of my college process and who still plays a role in my life today.


East Orange STEM Academy, 2018

New York University, 2022

The STEM Scholars Program gave me the opportunity to experience and learn about different jobs in STEM. This increased my motivation to pursue a career in the medical field. 




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280 S. Harrison Street, Suite 300, East Orange, NJ 07018

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