University of San Diego receives major financial gift

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The University of San Diego received a big financial gift that will benefit the entire country, particularly young girls and children in under-served communities.

His name is Robert Noyce and if the name doesn’t ring an immediate bell, it’s because he died prematurely in 1990.

But you will immediately realize how important he is now because Robert Noyce invented the micro chip. He’s still known as the Mayor of Silicon Valley.

As his daughter noted Thursday morning in a ceremony at USD, Noyce was also keenly aware that the country would suffer if we didn’t get more young people, especially girls and all youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods, engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.

"We aren’t nurturing our young people’s interests. Women make up only 12 percent of our engineers African Americans receive only 19 percent of computing and Bachelor’s Degrees," said Dr. Penny Noyce of the Noyce Foundation.

Toward the end, Dr. Noyce presented the University’s school of education with a check for $12 million.

The money will go toward a new national initiative involving what USD called "Stem Next."

Recently, like the Lewis Middle School, Qualcomm-sponsored Thinkabit Lab, the Stem Next program is going to involve after school programs too, such as the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club.

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