Under-represented minorities (URM) in STEM majors, are much less likely than white or Asian students to complete the STEM degree. Only 42% of African Americans and 49% of Hispanics will complete a STEM degree compared with about 70% completion for non URM students (Griffith, 2010).
A 2006 study showed that white men make up 55% of scientists and engineers (the vast majority) and white women 18%. Asians were the only minority group with significant numbers at 17% of the jobs between both men and women. Black men and women make up less than 3% of scientists and engineers, Hispanics 4%, and all other groups 3% (The lack of underrepresented minorities in STEM, 2012).
A variety of reasons for this stark comparison between the retention of non-URM and URM have been suggested. One proposition is the lack of financial support that force URM students face causing URM students to find alternative forms of employment while attending school. This makes it much harder for URM students to graduate from a highly demanding degree program.
STEM In Color seeks to be a resource for under-represented minorities by providing resources both financially and professionally that will equip students of color with tools to build the STEM career that they desire.
Below are links to financial resources based on education level.