Businessman and philanthropist Robert F. Smith donated $15 million to his alma mater Cornell University to create pathways in STEM for underserved and underrepresented students.

Fayetteville State University was awarded a $2.3 million grant to advance its STEM education initiatives.

The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners has invested $5 million in HBCUs to increase representation in the engineering industry.

Spelman College has teamed up with the nonprofit SMASH for an initiative aimed at increasing the representation of Black women in STEM.

NFL player Emmanuel Ellerbee has founded a nonprofit designed to introduce student-athletes to STEM.

For the first time in its 274-year history, Princeton University has a Black valedictorian.

Ciara Sivels has become the first African-American woman to earn a nuclear engineering Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Mareena Robinson Snowden is the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lonnie Johnson, the creator of the "Super Soaker," is funding high school robotics teams through his non-profit organization.