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FEB 13, 2020


A tax-deductible donation to The Foundation for Educational Development, Inc. (FEDI) supports the BEYA Scholarship Program to enroll deserving students in the BEYA STEM College Program. A donation of $500 provides accommodations, travel, meals, and registration at the 34th Annual BEYA STEM conference in Washington, DC February 13, 2020. All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the conference host, Career Communications Group, Inc., enabling twice as many students to enroll. Here is how a scholarship to BEYA helped one student: 

STEM Student Story 

I met Kalen last year, a twenty-something young man raised by his single mother in one of the toughest neighborhoods in West Baltimore, not far from where the civil unrest occurred due to the death of Freddie Gray. Kalen attended high school at Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute (Poly) where he excelled in math and science, but had no plans for his future. His mother encouraged him to explore engineering, which led him to take high school courses in CAD and Coding. When a high school career fair was planned at Poly, Kalen attended and investigated options with college recruiters. 

It was there that he met Rod Carter, CCG student recruiter and career coach for BEYA's College Program. Rod encouraged the 11th grader to specifically explore college engineering programs, and helped him with soft skills, such as polishing up his appearance and gaining more confidence in interviews. 

Kalen began figuring out what he wanted to be an entered the engineering program at University of Maryland, College Park that he paid for by cobbling together small, local scholarship awards because his family had no money for his education. Kalen later transferred to Morgan State University where he felt more connected (he graduated in May 2015 with a 4.0 GPA) and continued to meet with Rod Carter who enrolled him in the BEYA Conference College Program last year where he also represented his school as a Student Leadership Awardee. 

At BEYA, Kalen met and interviewed with a recruiter at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he is now employed as an Electrical Systems Engineer working in Radar Design. Kalen is now in a Master's program, fully paid for by his employer, and majoring in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University. He credits his recent success to his mother, Rod Carter, and the valuable connections he made and lessons he learned at BEYA. 

Many young people want to attend BEYA but need your help to get them there. Can we count on you to help us provide scholarships to 250 students again this year? 

For more information, contact:
Kameron Nelson|,
or 410-754-4200.


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