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Tiffany Lindstrom Donates Corning Grant Award to STEM SENC

Friday, September 03, 2021

Tiffany Lindstrom, recipient of the 2021 Corning Foundation Excellence in Volunteerism Award, has generously designated her $1,000 grant award to STEM SENC. Lindstrom is a senior project engineer with Corning Optical Communications in Wilmington, and a STEM SENC steering committee member.

Lindstrom presented her award check to Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and STEM SENC Executive Director Heddy Clark on August 10.

The Excellence in Volunteerism program, started in 2019, is a U.S. Corning employee program administered by Corning Incorporated Foundation. The program recognizes Corning employees who help make Corning communities vibrant by volunteering their free time at non-profit organizations. The Excellence in Volunteerism Award allows employees to nominate other employees showing exceptional volunteer commitment in the community. The selected employees are able to designate a $1,000 grant to an eligible non-profit organization of their choice.

Robert Trapp of Corning Optical Communications, who was instrumental in conceptualizing STEM SENC as it was formed, nominated Lindstrom for the award. He wrote:

“Tiffany Lindstrom leads a Corning-sponsored program to recognize North Carolina STEM educators who inspire elementary, middle school, and high school students. She coordinates applications, recipient selection, and recognition. Tiffany is also on the board of STEM-Southeastern North Carolina (STEM- SENC), a regional effort by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to provide networking and information-sharing among STEM educators. STEM-SENC connects educators with workshops, fellowship programs, and other events that will benefit young people studying math and science. Tiffany is enabling educators in our region to inspire their students. Maybe someday those students will be Corning employees, passing their passion on to the next generation.”

Clark said STEM SENC is grateful for Lindstrom’s generosity and support.

“I feel privileged to work alongside Tiffany on the STEM SENC Steering Committee,” she said. “Her support and dedication to STEM learning in our region is unmatched. On behalf of the organization, I sincerely thank her for both her time and this financial contribution. The support of industry partners is vital as we prepare students in southeastern North Carolina to be college and career ready.”


STEM SENC was formed in 2018 to provide access to STEM learning opportunities for students throughout Southeastern North Carolina. The regional effort brings together individuals, organizations, schools, institutions, and businesses from Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland to support STEM learning. 

For more information about STEM SENC and the opportunities it provides, visit the STEM SENC website