Larry Jennings Donates $2 Million to Carnegie Mellon Program


By Julianne Mattera, CMU

Larry Jennings

A Carnegie Mellon University program aimed at increasing the number of diverse students pursuing college studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math enrolled its largest class this past summer.

The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS) marked its 17th year with 128 students, who took rigorous, college-preparatory STEM courses for six weeks on CMU’s campus.

Since its inception, more than 1,200 students from across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have attended SAMS. The program focuses on providing an opportunity for students historically underrepresented in STEM fields, including women, students from low-income families, students who are the first to pursue a college degree and students of color.

Longtime advocate of the program and CMU Trustee Larry E. Jennings, Jr. and Katherine Jennings donated $2 million to SAMS — $1.5M to create an endowed fund and an additional $500,000 for current use.


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