FCA Foundation Invests $1.6 Million to Advance Educational Opportunities for Detroit-area Students

17 academic and nonprofit organizations receive FCA Foundation grants focused on education and helping Detroit youth grow and thrive
Press Release

November 14, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Today, the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, announced the recipients of its 2019 educational grants (totaling $1,650,000). The grantees, all of whom are focused on improving educational outcomes for Detroit-area students, provide a wide array of in-classroom, after school, summer and weekend programming.  

Mentorship Creates Lasting Bonds


The science community really is a small world. Nick Watkins and Rocío Mercado met years ago in chemistry lab at at the University of California, Berkeley. Mercado mentored Watkins when she was a graduate student instructor and he was a second semester undergrad. While they have remained in close contact since, it wasn’t until they were contacted for this story that they realized they shared something in common: They are both Amgen Scholars who participated in the program at Caltech, years apart.

Inspired by Prominent Figures in Chemistry: An Amgen Scholars Alumni Story

"I am working on the continuous flow synthesis of Tranexamic acid, a drug that works to prevent the excess loss of blood. My ultimate career goal is to pursue a government position conducting forensic science research on trace evidence, explosives."

Corshai Williams

Host University: MIT

Home University: Virginia Union University

Amgen Scholar Year: 2017

Major: Chemistry

Expected Graduation: May 2018

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

How Biomimicry can help sequester carbon and build a circular economy and perfect NetPositive regenerative design

by Janine Benyus co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute 

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise.

Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Arvind Kumar

Although I had research experience in statistics and epidemiology, the Amgen Scholars Program gave me my first hands-on bench experience.

Roslyn, New York

Host University: University of Tokyo

Home University: Duke University

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Math and Chemistry

Expected Graduation: 2017

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

Meet Amgen Scholars Alumni Candice Ford

"When I heard about the Amgen Scholars Program, I was immediately drawn to the fact that it would enable me to see if life in the lab was a fit for me."

Host University: Institut Pasteur

Home University: University of Bristol

Amgen Scholar Year: 2016

Major: Chemistry

Expected Graduation: 2018

Journey to Science

How did you become interested in science?

Meet Petr Distler from the Czech Republic


School: Gymnazium Altis

Subject and Grade Taught: Chemistry, 6-13 Grade

Years Teaching: 3 years

Years in Amgen Teach community: 1

Participation in Amgen Teach programme: National trainings, DLA7 and the 12th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab

Petr is a Chemistry teacher from Prague (Czech Republic) that has participated in all the different types of Amgen Teach activities since his enrolment in the programme last year.

Meet Kamil Březina from Czech Republic


School: Zikmund Winter Grammar School

Subject and Grade Taught: Chemistry, II and III grades

Years Teaching: 12

Years in Amgen Teach community: 2

Participation in Amgen Teach programme: National training, international workshop

Meet Harald von Beringe from Austria


Subject and Grade Taught: Biology, Physics and Chemistry, 10-14 year-old-students in the secondary school

Years in Amgen Teach community: 1

Participation in Amgen Teach Program: National Training

"I joined the Amgen Teach Program because I like opportunities to get for networking with other teachers and I like the hands-on approach.

In the teachers workshop I have participated we did a lot of inquiry based learning and it gave me a lot courage to use it in my classroom 

Meet the Scientist: Margaret Chu-Moyer’s Unexpected Path to Biotech


This profile is a part of the Amgen Foundation’s “Meet the Scientists” series, where we invite students and teachers to learn more about a scientist at Amgen and the work they do to create lifesaving medicines. Join the conversation by sharing your own experiences with @AmgenFoundation and @Amgen.


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