May Mobility Accepting Grant Applications From FIRST® Alumni Groups Until Nov. 15

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Sharing the full text and link here, but TL;DR first: May Mobility is an Autonomous Vehicle startup in Ann Arbor, Michigan that employs a number of FIRST Alumni - myself included. This year, May is disbursing grants to some FIRST Alumni groups and will be accepting applications for grants until November 15, 2020. See a link to the sponsorship form here. Find a link to the press release here, and full text copied below for your convenience!

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, is once again supporting FIRST® this year through sponsorships of both PreK-12 Teams and FIRST Alumni Groups. The May Mobility team also volunteers their time mentoring teams and supporting competitions.
“We are thrilled to support FIRST, and programs like it, that encourage young people to love math and science and most importantly to innovate,” said Tom Tang, vice president of People, May Mobility. “So many of our current employees participated in FIRST competitions growing up and have demonstrated the critical skills needed to bring new technology to market with quality and excellence – making it an ideal organization for us to look for recruits once they have completed their education.”FIRST Alumni Groups are encouraged to apply for the available sponsorship dollars by completing the sponsorship form by Nov. 15. Each FIRST Alumni Group may apply for up to $5,000.
About May Mobility
May Mobility is unlocking a better life today through self-driving transportation. We deliver solutions that work in today’s communities to accelerate the path toward a future where people can drive less and live more. The company’s goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems increase the reliability of transportation, make the roads much safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces. For more information, visit maymobility.com.
About FIRST®
FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured after school programs. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Boosted by a global support system of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, and build robots, then compete and celebrate at local, regional, and international events. High school students are eligible for more than $80 million in college scholarships. Learn more at firstinspires.org.

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Hi! This looks great. I’m confused about one thing, is this for teams or “alumni groups”? It reads to me like alumni groups, but I’ve never really heard of a FIRST Alumni Group.

My guess is that they are indeed talking about alumni groups. You tend to find them at various colleges/universities. Their goals usually revolve around mentoring local teams, ri3d stuff, or building things with FRC style parts.

Makes sense, thank you!

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Does it need to be a university-run alumni group? We have a nonprofit run by FRC alumni whose goal is to make STEM more accessible to students in our area and I can’t tell if our group would be qualified.

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