Pathways to giving

When you support MITES, you make it possible for students to have transformative experiences that have a lasting impact throughout their lives. Please help us continue to offer our programs free of charge by contributing to one of our support funds.

MITES Fund (OEOP Fund)

The MITES Fund provides unrestricted support, including contributions toward mission-driven instructors; high-powered facilities and equipment needed for hands-on STEM experiences; the administration that keeps our programs running; and much more. Your gift will be applied to the area of greatest need.

Endowed funds

Endowed funds provide long-term sustainable funding. Your gift will benefit students for years to come. MITES has three endowed funds; explore them below.

William H. Ramsey MITES Fund

William H. Ramsey directed MITES from 1988 until his death in 1995. The William H. Ramsey MITES Fund is a fitting tribute to honor his commitment to mentor and inspire young people, particularly from underrepresented minority groups, to excellence and leadership in STEM. This endowed fund enables us to consistently deliver a quality program by mitigating annual fluctuations in contributions.

Give to the William H. Ramsey MITES Fund

Wesley L. Harris Fund

Wesley L. Harris, PhD, is Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. The first African American to be named department head in the MIT School of Engineering, he believes the relationship between a faculty mentor and their student is one that requires mutual respect and trust.

Give to the Wesley L. Harris Fund

Engineering Outreach Endowed Fund

Alumni and friends gifted this fund to establish an endowed fund to support the activities and operations of MITES in providing enriching science and engineering experiences to students underrepresented in STEM.

Give to the Engineering Outreach Endowment Fund

Individual program funds

Individual program funds support this fiscal year’s students. Every year, we receive applications from many more qualified students than we can serve. With your gift, we can offer more opportunities.

  • MITES Summer: This intensive six-week program immerses rising high school seniors from across the country in life at MIT during the summer. Students take academically rigorous math, science, and humanities courses. Outside of the classroom, they participate in admissions counseling sessions, lab tours, and social events.
  • MITES SemesterFrom June through December, rising high school seniors from across the country engage in a hybrid STEM and college preparation program that includes an in-person symposium and a weeklong conference at MIT.
  • MITES SaturdaysOn Saturdays during the academic year, high school students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, MA public schools take hands-on courses that expose them to new areas of science and engineering. Students also attend seminars from college admissions and industry professionals.

MIT is a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift to MITES is tax-deductible within the limitations of U.S. federal income tax laws.