March 2010 News Release
AT&T and MentorNet Announce a New Initiative Targeting STEM Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
– Comprehensive online one-to-one program to pair HBCU students with mentors in their field of study –
– Initiative supports Obama Administration’s commitment to increasing graduation rates among STEM students –
WASHINGTON D.C. March 10, 2010 – AT&T today announces that it is joining MentorNet in a new initiative that will
help increase the retention and graduation rates of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Founded in 1997, MentorNet provides one-on-one, Web-based mentoring for students in STEM fields. “MentorNet’s
mission is to pair students with career role models to support their academic success and pathway to a professional
career. At MentorNet, we are especially committed to building these relationships for students from groups that
continue to be underrepresented in engineering and science,” said David Porush, CEO of MentorNet.
Over the past 12 years, MentorNet has matched over 26,000 protégés on hundreds of campuses with mentors from more
than a thousand employers. The program has been a major success – 95% of participating students have gone on to
complete their degrees.
“AT&T has a longstanding commitment to innovation and mentorship. As a founding supporter of MentorNet, many AT&T
Lab scientists have served, and continue to serve, as mentors. AT&T is particularly excited about this new
initiative and its potential to increase the number of engineers and scientists graduating from HBCUs,” said John
Donovan, Chief Technology Officer for AT&T.
The expanded MentorNet program aims to achieve two goals: increase graduation rates of students in STEM related
fields; and help more minority students pursue and complete STEM related majors at the undergraduate and graduate
“We understand the promise of a mentoring program,” said Myron Hardiman, Executive Director of the Advancing
Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE) organization. “By matching aspiring engineers at our ABET accredited
HBCU Engineering Schools with mentors, the MentorNet program has the potential to build a powerful network of
mutually aspiring individuals. AMIE looks forward to working with MentorNet to establish partnerships with the
HBCU Engineering Schools.”
The new initiative builds upon the longstanding collaborative work between AT&T and MentorNet. AT&T and MentorNet
have been actively working to recruit mentors for current students, and will be working to expand the student and
mentor network for the 2010-2011 academic year. The ultimate goal is to provide every HBCU student in a STEM field
with a MentorNet match.
For more information about MentorNet and this new initiative, please visit www.mentornet.net/hbcu
About Philanthropy at AT&T
For over 25 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been committed to advancing education, strengthening
communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects
that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In
2009, nearly $155 million was contributed through corporate –, employee – and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
MentorNet is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization. Its mission is to help thousands of engineering and
science students at the university level – especially women and underrepresented minorities – achieve their career
goals by matching them with mentors and guiding their one-on-one relationships over the Web. We are supported by
fees from our campus, corporate, government laboratory and organization partners and by grants from public and
AMIE is a 501(C)(3) non profit organization that is a coalition of corporations, government agencies, academia, and
the ABET accredited HBCU Engineering Schools. Its mission is to facilitate the development of partnerships between
its member organizations and one or more of the HBCU Engineering Schools.
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