We have a parent from our team’s sister FTC team who works for Bechtel and is willing to mentor our team in some capacity. We know that Bechtel offers grant/sponsorship money to teams under some conditions. However, we have heard that there are two conditions here that will be a problem for us: first, that each employee is only allowed to request funds for one team, and this parent already made the request on behalf of the FTC team. Second, apparently, the employee must be a parent of a current student on the team for Bechtel to donate.
This second condition seems odd to me – maybe this is just my inexperience showing, but I have not heard of any companies that donate only to parents of students and not to mentors actively putting in volunteer hours. I was hoping that this condition is a misunderstanding somewhere along the chain – between us and the parent, or the parent and Bechtel. This way, at least in future years or if we can find another Bechtel employee, we may be able to receive Bechtel’s donations.
To any Bechtel sponsored teams out there: do you know if Bechtel requires employees to be parents for their grant/sponsorship?
Edit: To clarify, I’m asking if Bechtel considers non-parent mentors as enough to donate.