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We're passionate about giving back to our local communitiesRobert DeGan
I help kids achieve their dreams through baseball and soccer.Monica Tran
I'm helping to end hunger in my community.Teresa Mentink
I make blankets for kids when sometimes that's all they have.
How We Give Back
Our Cause Focus Areas
We believe our resources make a greater impact by focusing on the following social issues affecting our local communities.
K-12 EducationBuilding a solid future starts in our classrooms today. We’re proud to partner with STEM and literacy organizations working to ensure kids have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
Child HealthWhen they have their whole lives in front of them, they deserve to embrace it. That's why we support organizations that help kids realize the future they deserve.
Basic Human NeedsThe need for support doesn't always come with a warning. From disaster relief to food or blood drives, we're there for our communities in their time of need.
We have a rich history of supporting community events, organizations and activities. You can request First Tech support through a charitable grant or corporate sponsorship.
Awarded to organizations who work to address one or more of our focus areas. Support may come in the form of money, giveaways or promotional exposure.
Awarded for community events supporting a focus area, and tech industry events that help us create stronger relationships with our members and communities.
We are privileged to continue our eight-year tradition of awarding scholarships to students across the country who have showcased their determination, high academic achievement, and involvement in their communities. On this eighth year, we have awarded $55,000 to the following 12 students, and we wish them the very best in their future careers. We’ll begin taking 2018 scholarship applications in February.
|Andrei Blebea, Hillsboro, OR – University of California, Davis
Andrei will be attending the University of California, Davis in the fall to pursue studies in Computer Science and Engineering. As a past volunteer teacher's assistant for an English as a Second Language (ESL) program in high school, he worked to empower recent immigrants with the powerful tool of language.
|Julius Buonnano, Sunnyvale, CA – Columbia University
Julius will be attending Columbia University in the fall to pursue studies in Economics and Music. As a founding officer of Homestead Cancer Society, he worked closely with cancer patients going through chemotherapy and works to spread awareness regarding the treatment cancer patients endure.
|Shayna Chua, Milpitas, CA – University of Southern California
Shayna will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall to pursue studies in Occupational Therapy and the support of individuals with special needs. As a member of Interact District 5170, she worked on internationally based and community-based service projects.
|Matthew Daly, Santa Rosa, CA – University of California, Santa Barbara
Matthew will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall to pursue studies in Biopsychology and spread healthcare services to historically underserved communities across the globe. Volunteering is heavily engrained in his day-to-day life, from volunteering with children at a local elementary school to providing care as an Emergency Medical Technician with Doctors Without Walls to those in the community who are living and sleeping on the streets.
|Stephanie Dodgen, Spring, TX – Southern Methodist University
Stephanie will be attending Southern Methodist University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. Her interest in biology and passion for community service led her to develop an awareness program for young students focused on illness prevention, asthma, and allergens at 13 schools.
|Makaila Heifner, Maple Valley, WA – University of California, Berkeley
Makaila will be attending University of California in the fall to pursue studies in International Relations. She hopes to work with an international non-profit organization to make a positive impact in the lives of others and work to break the cycle of poverty.
|Steven Hong, San Diego, CA – University of California, Berkeley
As a returning college student pursuing a degree in Business Administration, Steven hopes to use his education to promote environmentally conscious business practices for a sustainable future. He devoted much of his time to environmental activism when he lived in the San Diego area by planting drought-tolerant plants and increasing community awareness for water conservation at a local elementary school.
|Ryan Krout, Washougal, WA – Pacific University
Ryan will be attending Pacific University in the fall with aspirations of becoming a Physical Therapist. His most memorable volunteer event each year is Stuff the Bus, in which local community partners come together to collect food and supplies for families in the area. Nearly 50,000 pounds of food were collected and donated last year.
|Clare McLeod, Portland, OR – Cornell University
Clare McLeod will be returning to Cornell University to continue pursuing studies in Industrial and Labor Relations to advocate for underrepresented and marginalized individuals in the workforce. Her community work extends beyond the local community as a volunteer who regularly connects with a Syrian refugee to provide friendship and cross-cultural communication and understanding.
|Serena Ngan, Santa Clara, CA – DeSales University
Serena will be attending DeSales University in the fall to pursue Medical Studies to improve the wellbeing of individuals across the world. Throughout high school, she devoted 500+ hours to her community, volunteering to help girls continue education and get involved with science, working with adults with developmental disabilities, and more.
|Daniel Rogers, Eugene, OR – Oregon State University
Daniel will be attending Oregon State University in the fall to pursue studies in Chemical Engineering to improve and expand renewable energy in the hopes of building sustainable energy infrastructures in developing countries. His favorite community service activity is delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound senior citizens and bringing friendship and cheer to each individual.
Meagan Transue, Sacramento, CA – University of California, Davis
Meagan will be attending the University of California, Davis in the fall to pursue studies in Community and Regional Development. As a strong community advocate for mental health awareness, she looks forward to working alongside a UC Davis professor to increase services for mental health on campus and in our communities.