Gaye STEM Fellowship Program

Engaging and Empowering

The Erkan FellowsSM Program is all about engaging and empowering young women who embrace honesty, hard work and humility as they consider careers in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Erkan Fellows

With the Erkan FellowsSM Program, we believe that success is built upon three things: education, opportunity and mentorship.

Here, all three come together to engage and empower young women who are exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as never before.

We’re proud to announce the first class of Erkan FellowsSM.
More information can be found here.
“No matter what field your girls choose to enter — or, better yet, to create — STEM will enable them to master more and be more confident and courageous.”

Hafize Gaye Erkan, Ph.D.

Co-CEO and President, First Republic

Program Founder, The Hafize Gaye Erkan First Republic Fellowship ProgramSM

ten young woman, 10 grants each year

How it works

  • 10 young women in grade 9 will receive a financial grant in each year of their high school education.
  • Funds from the grant may be applied to educational services and programs within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Erkan FellowsSM will participate in a year-round mentorship program that includes engaging with academic counselors, business professionals and executive leaders as well as career development and educational activities. Each of these mentors is committed to guiding the Fellows’ journeys to success and purpose.
  • As part of the Program, each Fellow makes a commitment to serve as a mentor to future Erkan FellowsSM, contributing to an ever-expanding network of knowledge, support and guidance for a new generation of women leaders.

About Erkan FellowsSM

The Erkan FellowsSM Program is composed of young women who:

  • Represent academic excellence.
  • Share a strong interest in STEM disciplines.
  • Display leadership attributes.
  • Embrace community service.
  • Exhibit a strong desire for enrichment experiences and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
“The Erkan FellowsSM Program is designed for young women interested in STEM who represent our ‘three H’ values: honesty, hard work and humility.”

Hafize Gaye Erkan, Ph.D.

Co-CEO and President, First Republic

Program Founder, The Hafize Gaye Erkan First Republic Fellowship ProgramSM

To learn more about Gaye and her passion for education creating opportunity, click here to see her keynote address at the NCGS 2019 Annual Conference — or email with questions.

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