As the world continues to be more competitive and technically complex, knowledge and understanding of fundamental mathematics and science, and their application to the solution of real world problems is increasingly important. There is significant evidence and concern that the American education system is falling behind the rest of the world, especially in the areas of science and mathematics. The Mikkelson Foundation, The Mikkelson Education Fund, and The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund were established to improve scientific and technical education by providing support for teachers and organizations involved in science and mathematics education, and for students studying science, engineering, and mathematics.

IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND COMPETENCE IN K-12 SCHOOLS:
We believe that an important element for improving the level of science and mathematics understanding is to generate in students the desire to learn and understand the technical principles of how things work. We feel that increased interest in science can be encouraged by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable. We wish to identify such teachers and provide them with opportunities to renew or advance their knowledge and enthusiasm. Our interest is in preparing students for success in technical fields that require a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science. Our focus is on the improvement of the teachers' academic and technical skills with hands-on learning experiences in science and mathematics.

DEVELOP AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF TEACHERS' TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE:
We work with educational institutions and other non-profit organizations to develop educational programs in science and technology which are aimed at improving the scientific and technical understanding and skills of K-12 school teachers. We especially encourage programs which have a laboratory or experimental component which can be implemented in classroom teaching.

SUPPORT PROMISING STUDENTS STUDYING IN TECHNICAL FIELDS:
We provide scholarships for highly qualified students studying science, mathematics, and engineering. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years of study at accredited colleges and universities.

 

Three organizations which support our goals

 
 
The Mikkelson Foundation
  • Science and Engineering scholarships
  • Teacher Training Program Development and Support
Overview

The Mikkelson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation incorporated in Colorado in October of 1999. The Mikkelson Foundation was established to improve scientific and technical education by providing support for teachers and organizations involved in science and mathematics education, and for students studying science, engineering, and mathematics. The Foundation provides scholarship funds for college students studying math, science, and engineering, and also provides funding for teacher skill improvement programs in mathematics and science.


Science and Engineering Scholarships

Each year,The Mikkelson Foundation Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate of a Colorado high school who has been accepted to pursue a course of study or instruction at an accredited college or university granting undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. The recipient will be a student who has demonstrated an ability to excel in the academic disciplines of mathematics and science, who will major in engineering, physical or biological sciences, or mathematics, and who has the potential for substantial additional achievement after graduation.

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Teacher Training Program Development and Support

We currently support initiatives for organizations and institutions which provide teacher training programs in science and mathematics and a scholarship program for high school seniors. We believe that improved knowledge and understanding of fundamental mathematics and science, and their application to the solution of real world problems is increasingly important for economic improvement in an ever more competitive world.

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The Mikkelson Education Fund
  • Non-Profit groups and organizations providing teacher training










Purpose of Mikkelson Education Fund

The Mikkelson Education Fund and the subsequent Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund were established to encourage and reward excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. The main focus of the funds is to provide opportunities for K-12 teachers to attend short courses, seminars, and workshops which will improve or renew their technical knowledge and skills. We provide funding for tuition, travel, and living expenses for workshops, seminars, and projects which the teachers expect to find useful and enjoyable.

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Support for Technical Knowledge and Skills Improvement Programs

The Mikkelson Education Fund provides grants to non-profit groups, organizations, and institutions which provide teacher training experiences consistent with the Fund's objectives. The Mikkelson Education Fund generally provides support for existing programs and a small number of participants. We primarily support educational requests in Colorado. Through the Mikkelson Education Fund we expect to be able to support two to three group or institutional programs each year. Grants will be evaluated on the basis of the suitability of the program or project to further the goals of The Mikkelson Education Fund.

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The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund
  • Individual Teacher Scholarship Support










Individual Teacher Scholarships

The purpose of The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund is to encourage and reward excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. We believe that an extremely important element for improving the level of science and mathematics competence is to generate, in students, the desire to learn and understand how things work. Increased interest in science can be encouraged by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable. Our interest is in preparing students for success in fields that require a strong understanding of and competence in advanced mathematics and science. Our focus is to identify individuals who are deeply committed to teaching and provide them with opportunities to renew or advance their enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge.

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