The has announced a $26 million commitment from the in support of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and business leaders.
The company's pledge to the university's ten-year, $4 billion "Driven" campaign includes $8 million for scholarships and outreach programs, with the goal of building a pipeline of diverse global talent and further integrating STEM into K-12 education in the state. As part of the commitment, the will receive $3.6 million for scholarships, K-12 outreach, and programming support; the will receive $2.83 million; the will receive $1.05 million; and the will receive $600,000.
"As our largest and longest-standing corporate partner, 3M and its legacy are inextricably linked to us, Minnesota's only comprehensive public research university," said University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler. "3M helped shape my own futu're as a scientist and a leader, and, with today's newest wide-ranging investments, together we will continue to drive Minnesota's culture of innovation, support a critically needed K-12 STEM pipeline, and educate the next generation of leaders. The university and 3M are ideal partners enhancing the vitality of this state while making a real difference across the globe."