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Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity (SEED)
December 4, 2017

A number of neuroscientists are developing a perpetual fund, i.e., the Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity (SEED) fund, to serve as a private source to support merit-based training and personalized mentoring.


HELP SUPPORT THE SEED FUND!

Funding for training diverse individuals in neurosciences has plummeted in recent years. It is unlikely in the current political environment that the federal government will develop or implement new programs in the near future. In response, a number of us neuroscientists are developing a perpetual fund, i.e., the Scholarships to Enhance and Empower Diversity (SEED) fund, to serve as a private source to support merit-based training and personalized mentoring. SBN members Kathie Olsen and Anne Etgen are two of the neuroscientists participating in this effort. The endowment fund will allow the development of a program that focuses on assisting underrepresented minority Ph.D.s, postdoctoral fellows, and newly hired faculty to achieve professional success, with an emphasis on the acquisition of independent research support.

The SEED Fund will be administered by the American Psychological Foundation, which is responsible for over $17,000,000 in net assets annually and charges no administrative fees; therefore, your entire tax-deductible donation goes to the SEED fund.

We hope that you would consider a personal donation to this fund. Any amount will help us, as we need to raise an additional $125,000 by the end of this year in order to establish our program. There is a link to an online donation form below. If you wish to make a recurring donation (we can accept monthly, quarterly or annual pledges for up to five years), there is a link to download the necessary form on the SEED web page. Please let Anne (anne.etgen@einstein.yu.edu) or Kathie (klo333@verizon.net) know if you make a contribution and designate that it is for Neuroscience/SEED so that we can make certain that it is properly attributed to our fund. And remember, any amount is welcomed!

If you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to discuss this by email or phone at your convenience.

Check out the apa.org website for additional information including, a link to an online donation forms, the names of those on the SEED organizing committee and individuals who have already donated to the fund. As you will see, we have received support from a number of SBN members.

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