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The Siemens Foundation is recognizing its winners for the Advanced Placement Scholarships and the Teachers Scholarships, as well as celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the College Board and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.

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At a time when the National Mathematics Advisory Panel has announced that America's math education system is "broken," these are programs that demonstrate that some schools, teachers and students are excelling in these areas and are getting recognition for their hard work.

About the Foundation

Founded in 1998, the Siemens Foundation provides over $4 million in college scholarships and awards each year for talented high school students in the United States. Its signature programs, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, reward exceptional achievement in science, math and technology.

By supporting outstanding students today, and recognizing the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence, the Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers.

About the Siemens Competition

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research.

Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation.

About the Advanced Placement Scholarships

The Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement are awarded each year to students with the greatest number of scores of five on AP exams taken in grades 9, 10 and 11, as well as to teachers and schools based on their development, growth, and improvement of Advanced Placement instruction in math, science, and technology. If a student has earned grades of 5 on AP science and math exams, they may be eligible for a $2,000-$5,000 scholarship.

Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are awarded to students from each of the 50 states who have earned the greatest number of AP grades of 5 in eight exams. Each state potentially has two winners, one male and one female.

Two additional national winners (one male, one female) are awarded a $5,000 college scholarship. Students may be awarded a state or national AP award only once, although state winners may be considered for the national award in subsequent years.

n Teachers

This award recognizes AP teachers in math, science and technology for their exemplary teaching and enthusiastic dedication to AP both inside and outside the classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five years of teaching experience in the math, science or technology courses. Awards of $1,000 will be given to one math, science or technology AP teacher from each of the 50 states. One teacher will be selected as the Siemens National AP Teacher of the Year and will receive a $5,000 award.

n High Schools

The Siemens Foundation honors one high school per state in recognition of the schools that are leading the nation in AP participation and performance in science, math and technology, based on data from all schools participating in AP. $1,000 grants will be given to one math, science or technology AP high school in each of the 50 states to be used to support science and math education.

Teacher's Scholarships

The Siemens Teacher Scholarship initiative was launched in March 2005 in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund, to encourage minority students to consider careers teaching math and science. The scholarships will be administered by the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the UNCF, which will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

Over the next five years, the Siemens Foundation will provide $1 million in scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education, and enrolled at the historically black colleges and universities that are members of the two organizations.

This program marks the first time the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the UNCF have collaborated in an effort to target students at both private and public historically black colleges and universities.

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