A new scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring to 10 African-American male students majoring in STEM-related fields.
The scholarships — created by Kenton Clarke, the founder and CEO of OMNIKAL — addresses the lack of opportunities for African-American males to enter fields in technology, according to the NCC Foundation.
“There is a shortage of building a strong pool of talent within this community.” said Clarke, a Fairfield resident and NCC alum. “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 a 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 male students studying technology at NCC,” said NCC President David Levinson. “The NCC Foundation awards $1 million in annual scholarships to support 500 students; STEM careers are of particular interest to both our students and the local business community.”
OMNIKAL founded in 1999, is the nation’s largest inclusive business organization. It promotes entrepreneurship and the belief that entrepreneurs create real world solutions to today’s business and economic challenges.