Fostering Engineering Leadership for the Nation
The first meeting of the SAME Foundation Board of Directors was held January 26, 2017. Establishing the Foundation is a major step toward achieving the goals and objectives of the 2020 SAME Strategic Plan. We now have an enormous opportunity to support the development of the next generation of military, government civilian, and A/E/C industry leaders. The Foundation also will provide a secure and beneficial repository for charitable and other bequeaths from members of the Society and the public at large. We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary group of individuals who have stepped up to lead the SAME Foundation. The Foundation is chaired by Col. John Mogge, Ph.D., RA, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.).
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The Foundation engages the philanthropic community by identifying areas of the Society worthy of donor investment.
Leader Development Program
Through support from the Foundation, SAME launched the Leader Development Program (LDP) to identify and cultivate talent from within SAME’s membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. The program supports the development of the next generation of world-class military, government, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation through a curriculum of hands-on training, study, and active engagement in new opportunities. The inaugural class met at JETC2019 to begin the year-long program with graduation occurring at JETC2020. Click here for more details.
Read about the program in the SAME Bricks and Clicks blog.
Working with the network of SAME Posts, volunteers, and sponsors, and support from the SAME Foundation, the Society of American Military Engineers develops, maintains, and grows a variety of camps to provide in-person experiences to students interested in exploring STEM-related skills and careers. The net outcome is more STEM professionals available to meet needs of our nation. To learn more, click here to visit our camps page. Or download the camps flyer.
Camp Alumni Scholarships
The Foundation supports a scholarship program for Engineering & Construction camp alumni. Qualified applicants must have attended a SAME Engineering & Construction Camp, are currently high-school seniors preparing to enter college, and will major in engineering, architecture, or an engineering-related field. Click here for more details.
The Foundation supports the participation of SAME members to serve as mentors at the Engineering and Construction camps. Mentors play a vital role in providing a rigorous and supportive camp experience. By interacting with the campers, their guidance and advice, based on their own experience and education, creates strong bonds that last beyond our camps. Participants are no longer alone in their pursuit of a STEM degree. They know they have someone they can contact to get answers or support. This relationship is extremely valuable to their academic and professional trajectory. Click here for more details.
Learn more about how the SAME Foundation will help lead us into the future.