Jewels Academy Gazette - May 2020
Calendar of Activities:

5/7 - Cognizant Scholarship Due Date

*5/19 - 6/30 Virtual Math Tutoring

*6/15-7/23 - Virtual App Camp

10/3  -  Y.E.S. Girl Scouts Collaboration

10/10 & 10/17  -  Y.E.S. Fall Reconnect

*Note:  Programs are Currently Virtual.  More to follow.

A Day in the Life:

5/4-6/2020  -  Eta Aquariid meteor shower, best viewed just before dawn.

5/14/1796 - The first vaccine, the smallpox vaccine, was developed by Dr. Edward Jenner.

5/20-21/1932 - Amelia Earhart performs her one-woman, non-stop flight across the Atlantic, making her the first woman and second person to do so.

5/24/1844 - Samuel Morse sends the world's first telegraph from D.C. to Baltimore.


Jewels Academy Goes Virtual!

We at Jewels Academy believe that even isolation cannot stop inspirational eduction. With this goal in hand, we are so pleased to announce Jewels Academy's first nation-wide event: a team-based virtual app camp! Over the course of six weeks, each team of 2-3 young women will work together to imagine, design, and create a working app that in some way fulfills a need within their community, thereby promoting teamwork, goal based learning, and community engagement. 

Our computer and electrical engineering instructor will guide students throughout their app's development, teaching them about computer science, applied math, and critical problem solving during weekly classroom sessions and individual group check-ins. Between check-ins, each team can rely upon a personal team mentor selected from our Jewels Academy high school graduates for assistance.

To top it all off, we have brought the spirit of competition to the classroom! Completed apps will be presented to and judged by the Jewels Academy board and a special guest judge from our sponsor, Cognizant, according to the app's functionality and overall benefit to the community. The winner will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card, so be sure to do your best!

To sign up or learn more
or visit our webpage at

Sponsor Highlight!
Jewels Academy is the recent recipient of Microsoft's Datacenter Community Development Grant. The award will aid us to continue to expand our program and engage more students.  Thank  you!



As a non-profit, we greatly rely upon support from the community to keep our programs running. We would love to welcome those interested in becoming  student intern (click to link) or a volunteer with our team. If you are interested, our coordinator can be emailed at

Alternatively, you could visit our website to sponsor a child's attendance at a workshop or math tutoring at
. Many of our girls rely upon scholarships and stipends to attend these programs, so your generosity can go a long way to making their dreams reality.




Special thanks: We at Jewels just want to share our heartfelt gratitude to all of our doctors, nurses, CNAs, PAs, NPs, sterilization teams, researchers, and everyone else bravely working to control the spread of this outbreak, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. We wish you and your families a safe Spring and Summer to come.

May College Scholarships: Last Chance!

We are so pleased to announced this new scholarship.  Five total scholarships will be awarded at $2500 each to a graduating high school senior, current undergraduates, and graduate women dedicated to pursuing a career in STEM.

         Cognizant is a technology company dedicated to promoting the development of new generation of diverse innovators, and we are proud to partner with them as we strive towards the future together. The application closes May 7th, so be sure to apply now!


Amount awarded: $2,500
Due: May 7th
Who may apply:
High school graduating seniors, undergraduate,  graduate female students pursuing STEM careers and participated in at least two JA workshops
Apply Now!


Math Camp and Y.E.S. Spring Reconnect Combined

To best protect our students, we at Jewels Academy have decided to combine this year's Spring Reconnect with our Math Camp to create the Virtual App Camp discussed above. This was a difficult decision for us, but we believe that this Virtual App Camp is the best path forward to prepare all of our bright young women for their STEM-bound futures while still protecting their health in the present. Normal programming is currently scheduled to return late this year.

Jewels Academy Virtual Math Tutoring!!!

May 19th - June 30th!

For the first time, Jewels Academy has expanded its summer math program to encompass virtual math tutoring! Students from 4th-10th grades may apply for biweekly sessions which will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4-6 p.m from the end of May through the month of June. 

4th-10th grade
5/19 - 6/30
Tuesdays and Thursdays
4 - 6 p.m.

$80/mo or 20/week (two 45 minute sessions/week) with certified teachers and Math Professionals as overseers

Click here to apply now


Congratulations Emma!

We are so pleased to congratulate our Jewels Academy member's Emma for her acceptance into Perry Research Scholars Institute (PRSI) summer research program at the Belin-Blank Center of the University of Iowa! Congratulations and keep up the great work!



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Des Moines, IA 50314

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