AUGUSTA – UScellular recently presented Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance with a $5,000 donation to provide resources to advance their work. The wireless provider is supporting organizations that offer STEM programming in its regions across the U.S. to help ensure the educational tools and opportunities youth need for a successful future in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring and fostering critical thinking, problem solving, and civic engagement through STEM education. MMSA finds inspiring new ways to get people excited about science, technology, engineering, and math, so that Maine youth can become the innovators and workforce of tomorrow. MMSA has a long history of spearheading innovative initiatives in teacher professional development, creating STEM education programs, and engaging students and their families in STEM opportunities.

“As a technology company, we want to do our part to advance opportunities for youth in STEM education fields to help solidify a foundation for future leaders,” said Tabatha McKay, area vice president/general manager for New England at UScellular. “We are excited to support Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance so they can continue their great work and encourage kids to explore their interests.”

This one-time donation of $5,000 is one of five surprise gifts UScellular made to youth educational nonprofits across the country. Other organizations to receive these funds include:

• Oklahoma Engineering Foundation (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

• Wapello County 4-H Foundation (Ottumwa, Iowa.)

• Maryville City School Foundation (Maryville, Tenn.)

• BASE Fort Atkinson (Fort Atkinson, Wis.)

“We are honored to have received this surprise gift from UScellular,” says Ruth Kermish-Allen, executive director for Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. “This gift has come at a pivotal time – the educators we partner with every day need the extra support this gift makes possible as they strive to continue creating fun, engaging, and inspiring STEM learning experiences for kids. Connecting STEM companies, like UScellular, to empowering STEM education learning experiences will help make STEM careers more visible and achievable for today’s youth.”

UScellular is focused on addressing gaps in STEM education and is committed to connecting more than 200,000 of tomorrow’s innovators each year with the resources they need today to help shape future opportunities.

The company has a longstanding commitment to supporting its local communities through donations and volunteerism. Since 2009, the company has donated nearly $21.4 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. Additionally, through its After School Access Project, UScellular has pledged up to $13 million in hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet in its markets.

For more information about the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, please go to the UScellular newsroom.

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or http://www.uscellular.com. To get the latest news, visit newsroom.uscellular.com. Connect with UScellular on social media at facebook.com/uscellular, twitter.com/uscellular, instagram.com/uscellular, YouTube.com/uscellularcorp and linkedin.com/company/uscellular.

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) was established to oversee and coordinate a comprehensive effort to improve science and mathematics education in Maine under a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI) program. The SSI grant ignited the spark that over time has grown into the well-established work of MMSA in educator professional development for the State of Maine and beyond. Today the MMSA continues to support STEM education in Maine through its diverse portfolio of grant-funded projects in STEM education and advocacy. For more information on MMSA please visit mmsa.org or contact Dr. Ruth Kermish-Allen at 207-691-2504 or email at rkermishallen@mmsa.org.