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BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Greater Birmingham chapter (president, LaDonna Crum) to submit an online grant application seeking $8,000 in funding from BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama. We worked with our internal champion at the insurance company, Brice Baumann . Brice has been involved with BDPA for many years in both Cincinnati and Birmingham. Brice has served as an adviser for the local chapter board members and has been a guest speaker at BDPA local events. Brice has been a supporter of BDPA initiatives and programs because of his belief in the organization’s mission.

Our grant proposal asked the company for partial funding of the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Birmingham. The objective of our SITES program in Birmingham is to effectively use technology to stimulate and sustain the interest of young people in science and technology. SITES works with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide them with science, technology, engineering and math skills development needed to be productive, engaged members of our future workforce.

BDPA Greater Birmingham has already identified other funding sources that they want to approach for funding of its 2015 SITES program. BETF encourages all 46 local BDPA chapters to aggressively partner with BETF on these grant proposals. In the meantime, shower your good thoughts on BDPA Greater Birmingham as they seek to raise $27,720 in the near-term!

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