Rockies: Trinidad State Junior College

Giving Back to Education

For the past several years, Pioneer has worked with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition to provide academic opportunities for Colorado youth.

The STEM Education Coalition works to support programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs. The group’s monetary contributions to educational institutions across the nation foster academic achievement, providing resources to help recognize those individuals who have met and exceeded goals in the subjects they champion.

Trinidad State Junior College (TSJC) was awarded a STEM grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM and Articulation Program. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of disadvantaged low-income students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Pioneer commends Trinidad State for its success and, to demonstrate its support, created the Pioneer STEM scholarship, an endowed scholarship for TSJC that is matched dollar-for-dollar by the STEM endowment fund.

The Pioneer STEM scholarship began in Fall of 2012, joining the company’s existing annual TSJC scholarship, which has been presented every year since 2004 to a graduating high school senior residing in Las Animas County. These recipients are selected based on criteria including grade point average, community involvement, writing skills and knowledge of the benefits of the natural gas industry in Las Animas County.

Through scholarship programs and partnership with STEM, Pioneer is advancing the state of education in the community and encouraging the academic growth and development of students.

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