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The Deloitte Foundation sponsors an array of education programs for high school, college and post-secondary students designed to introduce them to multiple professional services career pathways by bringing real-world experiences into the classroom through curriculum innovation. Since 1928, Foundation initiatives have engaged students from across the U.S. to develop the talent of the future in audit, advisory, tax, and consulting.
High School Programs
Business, Accounting, STEM Curriculum
Through collaborations with educational programs, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations at the intersection of education and equity, the Deloitte Foundation helps prepare diverse talent for the future of work and meaningful careers in business, accounting, and STEM. As one example, the Foundation supports a career exploration curriculum that guides high school students through discovering a wide variety of potential career paths involving data analytics and computer science and helps demonstrate the importance of these broad-ranging, transferable skills for the jobs of tomorrow, including in professional services. These types of career pathways come to life through real world examples and videos from a documentary public television series. The curriculum has been successfully implemented with over 2,500 students across a select national network of work study high schools that serve students with limited economic resources, in classes such as math, science, computer science, college readiness, work study, and business skills across all grade levels (9th – 12th).
Educational Nonprofit Grants
To encourage high school students to build interest, awareness and competency in business, accounting and STEM education and careers, the Deloitte Foundation funds grants to select educational nonprofits to help students prepare for the future of work. Grants focus on supplemental learning experiences (after school academic programming, workshops), learning resources (access to online courses, technology, and credentials), as well as experiential learning and career exposure opportunities. For example, one grant supported a program to help racially and ethnically diverse high school students become STEM ready through hands-on coding bootcamps, data analytics courses, and workshops/mini labs focused on foundational skills in data science.
Deloitte’s Virtual Mentoring Program leverages an online platform hosted by a college and career readiness nonprofit organization that connects Deloitte professionals with high school and college students with financial need to help them prepare for college, career, and a world of opportunity. The program, which is funded by the Deloitte Foundation, provides time, talent, and resources to help students prepare for and persist through high school and college, then transition to a career. Through an online platform, students who qualify for financial assistance can opt into free, one-to-one mentoring to help them navigate the college application process, including essay assistance and resume review, as well as creating a time management plan, preparing for internships and jobs, and broad guidance on their college and career path. The students and mentors connect virtually through the platform, enabling mentors and mentees to connect anywhere, anytime. To date, Deloitte professionals and retired Deloitte Partners/Principals/Managing Directors have mentored more than 9,000 students.
High School Scholarships
The Deloitte Foundation supports racially and ethnically diverse high school students matriculating to 4-year colleges and universities to pursue degrees in business, accounting, or STEM. For example, the Foundation provided grants totaling nearly $2M to fund college scholarships for graduating seniors at 33 select high schools to help students stay on track with their business, accounting, and STEM career journeys and ultimately help build inclusive pipelines of talent ready for the jobs of tomorrow.
Two-year College Programs
Business, Accounting, STEM Scholarships
To help diversify the workforce of the future, the Foundation collaborates with two-year and four-year colleges to develop scholarship programs to assist racially and ethnically diverse students working towards degrees in accounting, business, and STEM. Grants have included support to establish a fund for students from diverse backgrounds pursuing associates degrees as well as scholarships for racially and ethnically diverse community college students transferring to four-year institutions to pursue bachelor’s degrees in business, accounting, and STEM.
Bridge Program Support
The Deloitte Foundation provides support to help prepare racially and ethnically diverse 2-year college students as they transition to 4-year accounting programs. As one example, the Foundation is hosting a symposium designed to help these students during this critical period and promote awareness of education and career pathways in accounting. As another example, the Deloitte Foundation is providing a grant for a bridge program that helps to equip community college students, seeking the opportunity to pursue an accounting degree at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) with pre- and post-transfer scholarship opportunities, coaching, career training and CPA readiness programming.
Higher Education Programs
Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program (DFASP)
Launched in 2021, the DFASP works in parallel with Deloitte’s MADE (Making Accounting Diverse and Equitable) commitment. The Deloitte Foundation expects to fund $30 million in scholarships for students over the next several years, including students interested in pursuing a fifth-year master’s degree in accounting, master's of tax or master's of accounting with a concentration in audit, advisory or tax through the Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program.
Enriched Student Experiences
The Deloitte Foundation provided a grant to help a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) implement a program designed to build a close-knit community and personal relationships with faculty and peers and heighten a sense of community through a small classroom experience that helps to create more sustainable pathways for first generation college students to pursue accounting education and careers.
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