Strategic Partner

We establish partnerships that further educational excellence, crossing boundaries and setting goals at multiple levels of academia.

Enter the Black History Oratorical Contest

Eastman conducts a Black History Month Oratorical Contest annually for high school students in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The goal is to inform both students and the public about important contributions made globally by African Americans in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields.

A student choosing to participate must submit an original essay about a notable African American contributor. Essays are judged on grammar; how well they demonstrate the African American’s contribution; the credibility and proper sourcing of references; and distinctiveness of the subject and/or topic. Students whose essays are among the top 15 are invited to attend a luncheon during which the top five contenders present their orations and receive monetary rewards. The first-place orator also presents his/her essay at an Eastman-sponsored community event held during Black History Month.

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Bringing expertise to education

Eastman’s volunteer program, GEM4STEAM, connects Eastman employees to students and clubs for mentorship opportunities. These partnerships -- mentor and student, school and company-- help promote hands-on education from experienced leaders in the STEAM industry.

Empowering future leaders through Design Education

The Eastman Foundation and the Eastman Innovation Lab are investing in Aether Global Education, a nonprofit, think tank focused on transformative learning through design education. Eastman understands the collective value of public-private partnerships is exponential and invests in those that can improve communities around the world. Aether's project based approach of exposing future leaders to real world problem solving across cultures and geographies combined with their support of improving quality of life compliments Eastman's commitment to delivering value to our global community.

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