Philadelphia Education Fund Presents EDDY Award to Dow

Dow’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education was recognized recently with the presentation of the 2013 EDDY Award for Star Business Commitment to Education at the EDDY Awards, an annual community event hosted by the Philadelphia Education Fund.

“Dow's impact on STEM education in Philadelphia begins with a passion for innovation and a commitment to teachers and students,” said Don McKinney, presenter of the award and coordinator of the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition. “Dow recognizes that high-quality STEM education and innovation go hand in hand.” For 28 years, the Philadelphia Education Fund has provided critical guidance and leadership to improve schools and raise student achievement. The group created the EDDY Awards in 2005 to share the stories of educational triumph with a broader audience.

“This award recognizes the power of partnership and collaboration to solve some of society's most pressing challenges,” said Howard Ungerleider, executive vice president, Dow Advanced Materials. Dow and its employees have led collaborative STEM efforts with Community Advisory Committees (Bristol, Newark and Spring House), community organizations, government initiatives, industry partners and schools, with a goal to work toward a sustainable, diversified economy.

Through local partnerships and involvement with leading organizations, including The Franklin Institute, Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc., Philadelphia Reads, You Be The Chemist, Temple University and the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition, Dow has supported STEM education for more than 100 years.

The passion and talent of employees has radiated in these efforts. The leadership of employees such as Bob Solomon in Collegeville (Delaware Valley Science Fairs), Caroline Cronin and Kate Garrett in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Reads), Debbie Zimmer in Spring House (Philadelphia Science Festival), Janine Bishop in Bristol, Jason Galinski in Newark and Melissa Johnson in Spring House (You Be The Chemist), and many more has been a moving force in advancing STEM education in the region.