$250,000 donated for Boise State’s Kount Tutoring Center

STEM careers are incredibly rewarding careers that most females, minorities and economically disadvantaged students historically were not encouraged to pursue. | File photo

Keynetics co-founder Eileen Barber recently donated $250,000 to Boise State University for the Kount Tutoring Center, named for a Keynetics subsidiary, which is in the Clearwater Building on The Grove.

“STEM careers are incredibly rewarding careers that most females, minorities and economically disadvantaged students historically were not encouraged to pursue,” Barber said. “I hope that this donation, among others of its kind, fosters more opportunities for women in computer science and other science and engineering fields and continues to support the university’s program.”

Barber has previously worked to widen STEM opportunities for women, like the Keynetics Inc. Computer Science Scholarship for Women, the Ada Lovelace Computer Science Scholarship for Women and annual donations to Boise State’s E-Girls summer engineering program, which targets high school students.

“We are grateful for Eileen’s continued contributions and tireless dedication to underrepresented students in STEM education and look forward to opening the new tutoring center for our growing community,” Boise State College of Engineering Dean Amy Moll said. “Since the founding of Eileen’s scholarships in 2009, enrollment in the department has increased significantly, especially among women. These contributions have not only afforded students with financial support, but also instilled greater confidence in their pursuit of careers in this field.”

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