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Outstanding Corporate Partner

Each year the Foundation recognizes philanthropy in the corporate community at the Gold Bar Gala


 

The 2019 Oustanding Corporate Partner is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM).  BCBSNM has made direct contributions to the grant programs of the APS Education Foundation, funding projects with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Last year, BCBSNM funded the Near Space Challenge at West Mesa High School and the robotics program at Garfield STEM Middle School.  This year, thanks to BCBSNM, the SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Project will be able to expand, reaching a projected 500 students across the district.  Their contribution this year will also fund a robotics project at Lew Wallace Elementary School and the TEACCH the Task project at Dennis Chavez Elementary School aimed at providing engaging learning opportunities for students with autism and multiple disabilities.  

“We are proud to provide funding for the innovative STEM programs at APS,” said Eugene Sun, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer at BCBSNM. “It is critical to inspire young New Mexicans' interest in learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and to continue their education. We hope this funding will help to continue building the workforce of the future in New Mexico. As a local employer, we believe in supporting efforts that foster a strong and diverse workforce in our state.”

Along with their direct contributions, BCBSNM has sponsored the Foundation’s annual Superintendent’s Cup golf tournament year after year, which brings together corporate partners to raise funds for innovative programs in APS.

Each year, representatives from BCBSNM visit schools where they have put their dollars to work, meeting with principals, teachers and students to learn more about their investment and how their passion for education translates into opportunities for students. 

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