Together we can strengthen our future

DuPont supports education, strengthening our communities, our academic alliances and our research.

At DuPont, we believe that a high quality education system strengthens our schools, communities and our businesses. DuPont has long-supported educational programs and organizations. Today, DuPont is proud to continue this tradition.  Our programs benefit pre-school to post-doctorate students, as well as public school teachers, college and university faculty, and industrial scientists and engineers.

DuPont education programs aid in the development of a highly skilled work force and scientifically literate citizens, while expanding our access to leading-edge research. Our goals include:

  • Strengthening the communities in which we operate.
  • Linking DuPont scientists and engineers with colleagues in academic communities.
  • Aiding in the creation of innovative solutions for the world’s greatest challenges.

A Heritage That Values Education

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson — who, at the time, was U.S. vice president — commissioned Pierre du Pont to write National Education in the United States of America, a treatise recommending comprehensive public education and a national university. Within a few years, Pierre’s son, E.I. du Pont, had founded the first DuPont site and opened a school to teach workers basic reading, writing and math skills.

Building on this legacy, DuPont continues to uphold the spirit of our founder’s commitment to learning, by nurturing global collaborative research and science education. The first corporation to award scholarships and fellowships to chemists at 48 colleges and universities in the U.S., DuPont has now funded grants to more than 200 colleges and universities around the world.

K–16 Science Education Programs

Our K–16 initiatives bring inquiry-based science programs to the communities in which we operate.

DuPont educational programs and competitions nurture young people’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, and increase the participation of underrepresented populations. Our professional development opportunities help safeguard the competence of math and science teachers. Together with educators, faculty, the business community and local DuPont sites, we are helping to grow scientific literacy and prepare the next generation of innovators.

DuPont Young Professor Grants

The DuPont Young Professors program helps promising young, untenured research faculty working in specific areas of science, begin their research careers.

Since 1968, DuPont has provided nearly USD 50 million in grants to more than 680 young professors in more than 130 institutions in 14 countries. In 2013, DuPont named 14 young faculty members who are doing research, which helps improve the lives of people everywhere.