Ottawa University is proud to announce that they are the recipient of one of the American Eagle Outfitter Future Together Grants. This grant will provide $10,000 to Ottawa University to aid in the Technology Club’s equipment goals and encourage other young people to get involved in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs. This grant is one of 20 Future Together grants awarded this fall.
Isidora Hrnjak, the Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kan., TechClub President, was responsible for the initial application and was also selected to be an AE Ambassador. Dayana Raygoza was added as an Ambassador to represent the Tech Club partnership with the Ottawa University, Surprise, Ariz., community.
Hrnjak, a senior from Serbia who is on the Braves tennis team, was thrilled to get involved and ecstatic to be selected. “This is such a great opportunity for our Club and University to not only get additional equipment but to travel to OU’s residential campus in Surprise and show off our skills to engage younger students,” she said.
The science and technology equipment will be displayed at the City of Surprise SciTech Festival in December 2022. The grant also provides travel funds for the more established club in Ottawa to send members to help the developing club in Surprise. Both clubs hope to encourage more young people to seek STEAM programs for their ultimate education and career choice.
Raygoza, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev., and a beach and indoor Spirit volleyball player, is also excited to be selected as an Ambassador to highlight the STEAM field in Arizona and online through promotional opportunities. “I am glad to represent Ottawa University while highlighting STEAM fields at the SciTech event.” She also looks forward to helping her TechClub grow and evolve, building on the knowledge the Kansas club already has. Sharing these resources is an ideal opportunity for all the students at OU and builds on the creativity they are known for as Tech Clubs. The SciTech event was already in planning, so the clubs felt it would be a great place to showcase club efforts and engage many area high school students.
The Future Together campaign hopes to create positive change in the community, and Ottawa University knows it will be successful in that endeavor as it relates to Ottawa, Kansas, and Surprise, Arizona.