The 20th Annual Statesmanship Awards Dinner
"STEM: Empowering Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders"
Statesmanship Award Honorees:
The Hon. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
The Hon. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
The Hon. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
The Hon. Mark Warner (D-VA))
Corporate Award Honoree:
Civics Award Honoree:
ABOUT THE HONOREES
The dinner will paid tribute to individuals and organizations who support and promote STEM and computer science education. Each of these Members of Congress has shown an unwavering commitment to finding solutions and giving America’s next generation the necessary tools to succeed. They have demonstrated their dedication to promoting a bipartisan approach to the technological issues facing our nation today and educating our young leaders in the process.
The US Association of Former Members of Congress is delighted to recognize Microsoft as its 2017 Corporate Statesmanship honoree. Microsoft has set the industry standard for developing tools and technologies that are ubiquitous in today’s schools in assisting teachers and students succeed in the classroom. However, what really differentiates Microsoft is their unwavering commitment to ensuring that ALL students have access to a solid STEM education, including a focus on computer science and computational thinking. This commitment is driven from Microsoft’s leadership and is reflected in their support for public policies at the local, state and federal levels which promote and expand STEM and computer science education. It is also reflected in the numerous programs and initiatives they have established, such as YouthSpark. This $75M global initiative seeks to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to learn computer science, through unique programs and partnerships with governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. This commitment is also reflected by the thousands of Microsoft employees who give back through Microsoft employee giving programs. Many of these employees lend their time and technical expertise supporting students through initiatives such as the “Technology Education and Literacy in Schools” or TEALS program. This program trains and mentors high-tech professionals from Microsoft and other companies and places them in schools as volunteer computer science teachers or co-teachers to teach basic and Advanced Placement computer science courses. These are just a few of the many examples of why we chose Microsoft to be our Corporate Statesmanship honoree for 2017.
Code.org® is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. Code.org has partnered with more than 120 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs to over ten million students. Its "Hour of Code" campaign has reached 100 million students, in every country on the globe. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations, and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, the Infosys Foundation, Omidyar Network, and others.
The US Association of Former Members of Congress is thrilled to celebrate our 2017 Statesmanship Award recipients and the outstanding work they do to further STEM and Computer Science Education in our nation’s schools.