What do college and aluminum cans have in common? Through Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF)’s partnership with the Ball Foundation, the two go hand in hand.
DSF Scholars and Ball Corporation employees kicked off a year-long mentorship program with a tour of Ball Corporation’s canning facility in Golden, Colorado earlier this week. On the tour, Scholars learned firsthand how aluminum cans are produced at the plant, from the pop tab top to the shiny final product. At the end of the tour, Scholar mentees connected with their mentors for the first time.
A mentor to open up new worlds through STEM
Victoria Kaufman, a sophomore studying engineering at the University of Denver, says the program will help her expand her understanding of the industry over the next year.
“My goal in the program is to learn as much as I can about the different types of engineering,” says Victoria. “I have not yet decided to major in a specific topic within engineering, and I am hoping to change that by the end of the year.”
Victoria’s mentor is Melanie Bach, who is a manufacturing engineer at Ball Aerospace. Melanie says that, as a recent graduate, she hopes to use her college experience to help Victoria grow professionally while learning more about the field.
“The most important thing I want to take away from this program, as a mentor, is to know that my mentee has learned something from me,” says Melanie. “Since I am still early in my career, I can relate to Victoria but also provide guidance with a fresh perspective.”
Growing local talent by giving back
Propelled by the Ball Foundation’s recent $75,000 gift to help DSF Scholars realize their dreams as future engineers, plant managers, and information systems officers, the mentorship program gives these Scholars opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts and develop a passion to pursue a job in a STEM field.
Now in its seventh year of collaboration with DSF, Ball has invested over $300,000 in scholarship dollars to aid DSF Scholars in enrolling in colleges in Colorado. This investment, says DSF Chief Executive Officer Lorii Rabinowitz, mutually benefits DSF Scholars and Ball Corporation, while growing Denver’s workforce to meet the demand for talent in the STEM field.
“We are so proud to partner with the Ball Foundation to help students from Denver go on to exciting careers in the STEM field,” said DSF CEO Lorii Rabinowitz. “Through its financial investment, as well as the time and talent of its employees, Ball will help Denver students imagine themselves working in the STEM industry. From there we work closely together to provide students with the scholarships and support services they need to make these dreams reality.”
Thank you, Ball Foundation, for your generosity in helping to make college possible for Denver’s students!