The Varsity Luncheon is TAF’s largest fundraiser features the remarkable results of combining equitable public STEM education, supportive relationships, and partnerships with districts and corporations on preparing traditionally underserved students of color for successful enter college and careers. It is where we showcase what access and opportunity means for disadvantaged and brown and black students, offering a free space of innovation and leadership within largely white and male dominated STEM fields.
Attended by Seattle’s most influential and active members from philanthropic, corporate, community, and education sectors, the TAF Varsity Luncheon celebrates access and opportunity afforded to underserved students of color through public STEM education. The result? Diverse, qualified, college and career ready leaders of industry.
TAF is a launching pad. For more than twenty-two years, TAF (Technology Access Foundation) has paved the way to allow traditionally underrepresented students of color access to largely male and white dominated STEM fields. To date, aside from operating our own 6-12th grade neighborhood STEM school, TAF has placed over 400 high school students in internships with local tech companies, partnered with 3 Washington State school districts, and affected over 19,000 students through our programs – and we’re not done yet.
Next year, we’re partnering with Federal Way Public Schools to create the first-ever public school STEM Region, adding three elementary schools to our portfolio, thus creating a viable K-12 pipeline of qualified, college and career ready graduates.