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Bosch Community Fund awards grants to organizations in West Memphis, Arkansas, area for hands-on STEM and environmental sustainability programs

- In 2017, Bosch Community Fund awarded more than $39,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in the West Memphis, Arkansas, area
- Four grants fund education programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), robotics and environmental sustainability
- Since 2015, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $109,000 to schools and organizations in the West Memphis area

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently awarded more than $39,000 in grants to schools and organizations in the West Memphis, Arkansas, area. The four grants fund student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), robotics and environmental sustainability.

By investing in hands-on programs, the Bosch Community Fund aims to increase the educational opportunities available to students in the West Memphis area. The grants will improve student and instructor access to regional resources, demonstrating the Bosch Community Fund’s commitment to supporting local STEM education and careers.

“It’s an honor for Bosch’s West Memphis Distribution Center to be able to assist the community in which we operate and our associates live by awarding funds to local schools and programs,” said Virgil Roberson, physical distribution director at Robert Bosch Tool Corp. in West Memphis. “The Bosch Community Fund grants enable the enrichment and sustainability of lives through a dedication to STEM and other community-focused programs. It is our desire that such programs will foster a positive learning environment and yield a return on investment within the community we serve.”

The recent grants support initiatives that provide technical training, robotics workshops, environmental sustainability programs and hands-on STEM activities for students of all ages. The Bosch Community Fund awarded grants to the following organizations:
- Faulk Elementary School’s FIRST Lego League program – $15,000
- Mid-South Community College Foundation’s Lifting STEM Careers Program – $14,400
- Jackson Elementary School’s Robotics Academy – $5,800
- Producing Outstanding People’s POP! Explore! STEM Academy – $4,000

At Producing Outstanding People’s POP! Explore! STEM Academy, the Bosch Community Fund grant supports a summer bridge program for students moving from elementary school to middle school. The academy offers hands-on STEM activities that promote environmentally sustainable solutions.

“The Bosch Community Fund grant has helped Producing Outstanding People enhance its STEM academy to better engage, empower and evolve the children in our program,” said Chasity Dean-Anthony, cofounder of Producing Outstanding People. “We thank Bosch for their support.”

The Bosch Community Fund provides grants in U.S. communities where Bosch has locations. Since 2015, Bosch Community Fund has awarded more than $109,000 to schools and organizations in the West Memphis area. Annually, the Bosch Community Fund awards up to $5 million in grants to organizations invited to participate in the program.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, has awarded more than $15.5 million in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs nearly 32,800 associates in more than 100 locations, as of December 31, 2016. In 2016 Bosch generated consolidated sales of $13.7 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. The company employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016) and generated sales of 73.1 billion euros ($80.9 billion) in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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Bosch Community Fund - W. Memphis - January 2018

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