Our Programs and Partners

Founded in 1998, the Siemens Foundation ignites and sustains today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The Foundation offers a variety of programs aimed at supporting workforce development and engaging students in education initiatives in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Workforce Development

Advancing Economic Opportunity Through STEM Technical Careers

Launched in 2015, the Siemens Foundation’s workforce development investments promote awareness of opportunity in STEM technical careers, and scale effective education and training models helping young adults prepare for these jobs.

Preparing Young Adults for STEM Technical Careers

The Siemens Foundation launched its workforce development efforts in 2015 to help close the opportunity gap for young adults in STEM technical careers. Leveraging the experience and expertise of Siemens as an industry leader and pioneer in workforce development, the Foundation identified this crucial area as a place where we can have an important impact on America’s workforce.


Businesses like Siemens continue to seek  workers with STEM skills to expand and diversify their  workforce. America’s young adults face the unique challenge of competing for 21st century jobs with international peers, while also facing significant structural barriers to postsecondary education and training that adequately prepares them for work. Addressing these challenges is critical for the economic security of the next generation of workers, America’s employers, and renewing the promise of the American dream for everyone, regardless of their background or zip code.


Many of these jobs require competencies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree and provide advancement opportunities for workers. The Siemens Foundation’s workforce development initiatives increase equitable access to critical education and training programs and help businesses and workers achieve greater prosperity.


Our vision for closing the opportunity gap:


  • Raise awareness in national forums as a thought leader and partner
  • Promote a positive perception of STEM technical career opportunities
  • Identify and scale effective education and training models



Our Partners

National Governors Association (NGA)

Work-Based Learning Policy Academy


The NGA Center for Best Practices, with support from the Siemens Foundation, is leading states in scaling high quality work-based learning for young adults by addressing systemic barriers across state education and training systems. Currently in Phase III, the Academy has engaged more than a third of the states through a mix of intensive technical assistance, peer learning, and topic-based learning labs.


Leveraging the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), a historic $175 million federal investment to expand registered apprenticeships, the Center provides tailored support and peer-learning for grantees to achieve and sustain success.  The goal – scale registered apprenticeships in the U.S., expand the model to new industries and underrepresented populations, and share innovations nationwide.



The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA)

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The Siemens Foundation is one of a coalition of funders supporting The Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA), a multi-year collaborative initiative advancing high-quality apprenticeship in high school and community colleges across the country.  Building on the cornerstones of paid on-the-job learning; related classroom instruction; and ongoing assessment, advancement, and postsecondary credit and credential attainment, PAYA is scaling the youth apprenticeship model to address structural barriers to equitable education and career achievement for all students, regardless of their zip code or background. The PAYA partnership is made up of national non-profits and regional practitioners and is led by New America.

Advance CTE

To increase the number and diversity of students participating in Career Technical Education (CTE) in high school, Siemens and Advance CTE partnered to help state and local leaders, school counselors, and educators communicate the value of CTE to students and their families. Advance CTE conducted national research to identify effective messaging that resonates well with potential students and their families,  and helps educators adapt that messaging locally for their communities. This project leverages Advance CTE’s network – state CTE directors and leaders from all 50 states – as well as CTE: Learning that works for America, a national campaign adopted by 49 states and over 700 communities, to ensure any resources and lessons learned are disseminated and implemented widely. The goal – provide effective recruitment strategies to increase participation in high-quality CTE.


Social and Health Equity

Social and Health Equity

The Siemens Foundation is committed to economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States. 

  • Testing for America -- keeping HBCU campuses open using COVID testing.
  • Support for vaccination distributionefforts in Black, Latinx and Indigenous Communities.
  • Expanding awareness, communicating value, and scaling promising and proven practices to close the gaps separating young adults from opportunities in STEM technical careers.

Scholarships for the Children of Siemens Employees

The Siemens Foundation advances equity and inclusion in its scholarship programs and seeks to proportionally and equitably distribute scholarships to children of non-exempt and exempt employees at Siemens companies.

High school juniors who are children of active, full-time Siemens employees are eligible to apply for a $4,000 scholarship. Winners are selected based on their academic record throughout high school, PSAT/NMSQT test scores, school recommendations, significant contributions to the school and community, and the student’s statement of goals and interests. This program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Siemens employees 2023 Entry Form


Further information for Siemens employees


The Siemens Career Path Employee Scholarships (“CP Scholarships”) are designed to support and inspire the children of Siemens employees who may wish to pursue middle-skill STEM careers and other areas of education study, by providing providing two-year and four year scholarships to attend an accredited community college, technical school, junior college, college or university.  All phases of the Siemens Foundation Career Path Scholarship Program including the selection of the winners and payment of the scholarship stipends are handled for the Siemens Foundation by International Scholarship and

Tuition Service, Inc. (ISTS)