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OMNIKAL and Norwalk Community College Launch African American STEM Scholarship
Created by OMNIKAL founder, Norwalk Community College alumni and Fairfield businessman Kenton Clarke, the scholarship addresses the lack of opportunities for African American males to enter fields in technology. "There is a shortage of building a strong pool of talent within this community." said Kenton Clarke, CEO of OMNIKAL. "The formation of this scholarship is just one step forward in building the pipeline for diverse talent in the technology industry. " "At the heart of STEM is entrepreneurship, as majority of STEM majors become entrepreneurs and account for a huge percentage of the small business workforce."
"Norwalk Community College and its Foundation are grateful to Kenton Clarke for creating a new scholarship to support African American students studying computer science at NCC," said NCC President, Dr. David Levinson. "The NCC Foundation awards a $1 million in annual scholarships to support 500 students; STEM careers are of particular interest to both our students and the local business community." Kenton has been a significant contributor to the college for decades and an active advocate for educational opportunities. As one of Connecticut's leading businessmen, Kenton is never shy about expressing his gratitude to a college system that produces results.
The OMNIKAL STEM scholarship is made possible thanks to the commitment of OMNIKAL's sponsors, members and advisory board. OMNIKAL's mission is the creation of wealth for all entrepreneurs. Part of the process begins with building a talented, skilled and diverse workforce that meet the demands of today's economy.
About The Norwalk Community College Foundation
The Norwalk Community College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that supports expanding access to affordable, quality higher education, the development of a productive workforce, and contributing to the knowledge and well-being of our community by raising funds for Norwalk Community College programs and student scholarships. With assistance from generous donors, the NCC Foundation provides over $3 million each year in scholarships, faculty and program support, and student success initiatives.
OMNIKAL was founded in 1999. Now the Nation's largest inclusive business organization, OMNIKAL promotes entrepreneurship and the belief that entrepreneurs create real world solutions to today's business and economic challenges. By fostering deeper and broader collaboration between business owners and entrepreneurial support organizations, the OMNIKAL network fuels healthier ecosystems through job creation, professional development and drives innovation resulting in strong economic growth.
Ann Rogers, NCC Foundation, 203-857-7270