FIRST provides an education, skill, and career path for young people who might not otherwise have
discovered an interest in and pursued education and careers in science and technology. FIRST works
closely with schools at every level to transform both the perception and reality of education in science
and technology. Some of the finest colleges and universities support FIRST by providing scholarship
opportunities, sponsoring teams, and providing mentorship, equipment, and facilities. As a result of
the support of these colleges and universities, 2013/2014 season FIRST high-school students are
eligible to apply for more than $19 million in scholarship funds to continue education in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM).