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Access to educational opportunity is the fundamental sustainability issue of our time.

Our education initiatives are inspired by a commitment to better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s opportunities, while ensuring that future generations will have the skills needed to compete and thrive in the global economy. 

  • We strive to create and support learning experiences that are accessible, stimulating, enriching – and fun. At the same time, our education efforts are aligned with the needs of each region in our global network, with a particular focus on alleviating disparities in education due to gender, economic level, or distance from urban centers.

    Cognizant’s Making the Future initiative seeks to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education among young people in the US, to meet the demands of an increasingly technology-based economy.  Since 2011, our Making the Future initiative has awarded over $9 million in grants, and has introduced more than 25,000 children to 1.5 million hours of making activities focused on STEM disciplines in 200 communities.

    Our Project Outreach is one of the world’s largest corporate volunteer efforts, and focuses on learning, mentoring, career counseling and talent development. Outreach volunteers have logged over 1.25 million volunteer hours since inception in 2007. Today, Outreach is supporting learning initiatives in India, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Hungary, the Benelux region, UAE, Argentina, Germany, China, UK and North America. In 2015, nearly 33,000 Cognizant associates logged over 376,000 hours towards Outreach activities in 14 countries.

    Additionally, Cognizant Foundation, which spearheads our corporate social responsibility initiatives in India, has been working extensively towards fulfilling the education, healthcare and livelihood needs of economically and socially disadvantaged segments of society.

Today's Inspiration is Tomorrow's Innovation

This video highlights Cognizant's Making the Future education initiative.

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Making the Future U.S. After-school and Summer Program Grants

Cognizant awards grants to child-serving U.S. non-profit organizations wishing to run after-school, in-school and summer Maker programs. Programs must support our mission to inspire young learners in the STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Our application period for 2017 grants runs from October 1 through November 15, 2016. Please read the Grant Application and Guidelines for more information.

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Why Invest in Making? Promising Evidence of Influence

The Research Group at the University of California at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science partnered with Cognizant to document the rationale and influence of their Making the Future (MTF) initiative. These efforts resulted in a logic model for MTF, a proposed strategy for establishing key benchmarks & targets for the initiative and some promising evidence of the influence of their investment in maker programs across the United States.

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Accelerate Diversity U.S. College Scholarship Program

Cognizant awards college scholarships to U.S. students interested in pursuing the STEM and business fields. Our application period for 2017 scholarships runs from August 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please read the Overview to learn more about the eligibility criteria and the application submission procedure.

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  • Making the Future U.S. After-school and Summer Program Grants
  • Why Invest in Making? Promising Evidence of Influence
  • Accelerate Diversity U.S. College Scholarship Program
  • Today's Inspiration is Tomorrow's Innovation

  • Today's Inspiration is Tomorrow's Innovation

    This video highlights Cognizant's Making the Future education initiative.

    DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Making the Future U.S. After-school and Summer Program Grants

  • Making the Future U.S. After-school and Summer Program Grants

    Cognizant awards grants to child-serving U.S. non-profit organizations wishing to run after-school, in-school and summer Maker programs. Programs must support our mission to inspire young learners in the STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Our application period for 2017 grants runs from October 1 through November 15, 2016. Please read the Grant Application and Guidelines for more information.

    DOWNLOAD GRANT APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES
  • Why Invest in Making? Promising Evidence of Influence

  • Why Invest in Making? Promising Evidence of Influence

    The Research Group at the University of California at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science partnered with Cognizant to document the rationale and influence of their Making the Future (MTF) initiative. These efforts resulted in a logic model for MTF, a proposed strategy for establishing key benchmarks & targets for the initiative and some promising evidence of the influence of their investment in maker programs across the United States.

    DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Accelerate Diversity U.S. College Scholarship Program

  • Accelerate Diversity U.S. College Scholarship Program

    Cognizant awards college scholarships to U.S. students interested in pursuing the STEM and business fields. Our application period for 2017 scholarships runs from August 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Please read the Overview to learn more about the eligibility criteria and the application submission procedure.

    DOWNLOAD APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

MAKING THE FUTURE

There's an education crisis in the U.S.: a relative decline in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) proficiency, fewer young people interested in STEM fields and—perhaps most alarming—a decline in measured creativity. The future competitiveness and innovative capacity of the U.S., the quality of our workforce and the prosperity of future generations are at risk.

Cognizant's Making the Future education initiative was created to unleash the passion of young people in STEM disciplines by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Through financial, in-kind and volunteer support for schools and nonprofits; advocacy; college scholarships; and our flagship Making the Future After-School and Summer Program, Cognizant seeks to develop 21st century skills like creativity, innovation and collaboration that will create a brighter future for our children, preparing them to be tomorrow's leaders in our global economy.

Furthering the proud tradition of Project Outreach, Cognizant employees are volunteering to enhance education in the communities where they live and work. For more information, contact MakingtheFuture@Cognizant.com

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