AWARDED SINCE 2004
TARGET FOR GRANTS WITH STEM CONNECTION
The Thompson Foundation was established in 2003 on Thompson Engineering’s 50th anniversary in honor of our late founder, Mr. Vester J. Thompson Jr. The Foundation operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) and is administered through the Community Foundation of South Alabama.
The Thompson Foundation supports efforts to improve the quality of life in the communities served by our employees. We invest in organizations, programs, and activities that strengthen our social framework, education, and sense of community.
The Thompson Foundation supports five main categories of non-profit organizations. These organizations are most often groups that our employees support. We believe that helping employees engage in charitable causes with personal meaning brings the greatest impact to our communities. Employees are encouraged to submit grant requests for the organizations they give their time to through board service, fundraising events, and other volunteer hours. The Foundation also issues matching grants.
Sharon Braden Law
Area Manager, TN
We believe it is our responsibility to inspire interest in engineering and STEM-related careers. With the adoption of a STEM initiative, the Foundation aims to engage students in STEM education in the classroom and through field trips, through scholarships, and by prioritizing STEM-focused grant requests.
Each year, Auburn University awards the Thompson Engineering Foundation Scholarship, presently valued at up to $16,000 annually, to a student meeting the eligibility requirements.
Through a $20,000 donation, the Thompson Foundation helped kick-start a STEM Studio at ACCEL Day and Evening Academy in Mobile, AL. The STEM Studio is outfitted with specialized equipment and learning tools such as a robotic arm, 3-D printer, and 12 computer stations. It is available for use by all students at the school. Thompson employees are also spending time in the classroom assisting students with STEM curriculum and hosting excursions for in-the-field learning.
The Thompson Foundation is funded by corporate contributions, gifts from employees, and employee-managed fundraisers: a 5K and a fishing rodeo.