Vertex and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) announced the recipient of the annual Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship, a full 4-year scholarship to pursue an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at any UMass campus. The annual scholarship is part of a broad program developed by Vertex to enhance STEM education for Boston’s youth.
This year’s recipient is Aliyah Ali, a 2016 graduate of Excel High School who plans to study science at UMass Boston. Aliyah was born in Somalia and emigrated to the United States at a young age. She and her family then moved to Nairobi, Kenya when she was 8-years old, where she found a passion for public health. She volunteers with women and girls who have been victimized by genital mutilation, and aspires to a career in medicine to provide access to medical care to those in need around the world.
"At Vertex, we're committed to inspiring and equipping the next generation of leaders in STEM by giving local students access to hands-on learning opportunities and real-world job experience they may not otherwisehave,” said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. “We are thrilled to support students like Aliyah and are excited to see a bright future ahead for her."
In 2012, Vertex solidified its commitment to STEM education and launched a $1.5M partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS). To date, more than 1,000 BPS students have experienced a Vertex STEM program including:
- Annual four-year Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship to a UMass campus;
- Thomas M. Menino Learning Lab - a 3,000 square foot classroom and laboratory space in our Fan Pier campus dedicated to enhancing science education among Boston Public School students;
- High school and college internships;
- Science Fair Mentorship program - students are paired with a Vertex mentor and receive guidance on science fair projects at the school and state level.
"We thank Vertex for its continued commitment to providing opportunities for deserving students like Aliyah to receive a world-class UMass education," said UMass President Marty Meehan. "Vertex’s support of these extraordinary students helps to prepare the Commonwealth’s future STEM leaders and exemplifies good corporate citizenship."