Beckman Foundation Issues Community Support Grant to Sycamore Magnet Academy PTA

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Local Fifth Graders Latest to Benefit from Program, Receive $30,000 to Attend Outdoor Science Camp

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“We’re excited to support these opportunities because they encourage curiosity and student-driven exploration and learning.” - Dr. Anne Hultgren

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced Sycamore Magnet Academy Parent Teacher Association as its latest recipient of an Orange County Community Support Grant. The $30,000 grant was intended to enable all current fifth-grade students at the Tustin, California school attendance at outdoor science camp in the nearby San Bernardino Mountains. Sycamore’s PTA Fundraising Chair, Dr. Maria Darcy, prepared and submitted the online application, which was reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The school’s PTA joined four other area organizations in recently receiving support for STEM/STEAM activities aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities:

  • Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) – CubeSat high school program launching satellites into space
  • Kids at Science – STEM teacher training initiative
  • MIND Research Institute – Development of ST Math Core Curriculum
  • Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) – Special awards and support to the fair

“These grant recipients represent local programs and organizations that are helping to engage youth in hands-on science and math activities, increase diversity in science, use technology to involve youth in STEAM, encourage a closer look at the science behind robotics, space, sustainability, and agriculture in the region, and also promote the Beckmans’ legacy of technology innovation and leadership,” shared Dr. Anne Hultgren, Executive Director of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. “We’re excited to support these opportunities because they encourage curiosity and student-driven exploration and learning.”

Local Community Grants are awarded for Orange County, California community-based projects, activities or events that complement the Foundation’s aim of “supporting young scientists today for tomorrow’s breakthrough discoveries.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with funding decisions made in October and May.

About the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Located in Irvine, California, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation supports researchers and nonprofit research institutions in making the next generation of breakthroughs in chemistry and the life sciences. Founded in 1978 by 20th century scientific instrumentation pioneer Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, the Foundation supports United States institutions and young scientists whose creative, high-risk, and interdisciplinary research will lead to innovations and new tools and methods for scientific discovery. For more information, visit

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