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FAME's mission is to educate, empower and embolden African American youth to become student ambassadors of today, leaders of tomorrow and stewards of their communities by providing access to college preparatory education at participating independent schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area through the provision of need based financial assistance.

FAME's Current Happenings

Eliana Gagnon Receives Recognition for Original Artwork

Please join us in congratulating FAME Scholar and Shady Side Academy junior, Eliana Gagnon on having her original artwork "Kindred" accepted to be published in the book Celebrating Art, sponsored by Celebrating Artist and Blick Art Materials. This publication brings together the best student artists in North America.

The selection committee is still in the process of choosing the Top Ten winners in each grade category. Let's wish Eliana the best of luck in the next phase of this journey!


Original Artwork by FAME Scholar Eliana Gagnon



The FAME STEM team left a mighty impression at the National Association of Black Engineers' Fall Region 2 conference in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 10th-12th. Our team of 4th - 12th graders compete in 5 STEM categories (Mathcounts, Try Math-A-Lon, Vex Robotics, First Lego Robotics, and Ten80 Race Cars).

- Mathcounts Team #1 won 1st Place
- Mathcounts Team #2 won 3rd Place
- Try Math-A-Lon Grades 11 and 12 won 1st Place

We also celebrate several Pitt NSBE coaches and mentors who won on the Collegiate Level this weekend as well.

- Ten80 coach, Isaiah Spencer Williams won 1st Place Crowd Favorite for the Art of Technical Communication and 1st Place overall for the Art of Technical Communication and 3rd Place for his Academic Tech Bowl Team
- Pitt NSBE Mentor and FAME Alum, Isreal Williams won 1st place in the Technical Research Exhibition-Oral

Dr. Nichelle Nelson, FAME's Chief Programming Officer, would like to thank Mr. Wiley, our STEM Coordinators, Coaches and Volunteers, as FAME would not have been able to provide these types of opportunities without our FAME Family of support.


Darryl T. Wiley, FAME CEO, to Receive Men of Excellence award

Congratulations to FAME CEO, Darryl T. Wiley who was chosen as one of the recipients to receive the New Pittsburgh Courier's Men of Excellence Award. The New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Award celebrates local African American men who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievement and participation in community service.


Darryl T. Wiley

Darryl T. Wiley winning the National Society of Black Engineers 2017 Pre-College Advisor of the Year


Nichelle Nelson

Voted "Who's Next: Education" by The Incline online magazine and the New Pittsburgh Courier 2016 Women of Excellence awardee


Dominique Mittermeier

Startable Pittsburgh, is a free eight-week summer program that teaches students ages 16-18 skills in making and entrepreneurship. Partnering with local entrepreneurs and makers, students develop, design, prototype, build, brand, market-and, tonight, sell-products of their own. Startable gives each student a program stipend as well as access to makerspaces and tools. Now in its fifth year, the program's partners include AlphaLab Gear, Innovation Works, TechShop, and City of Play. Dominique Mittermeier, 17 displayed a hand-stitched and embroidered blanket depicting a black power fist hangs on display beside, who sells throw pillows decorated with the word "Melanin." Inspired by her own experiences growing up in an all-white family, Mittermeier, who is African American, created the brand to promote positive self-image among African Americans. Dominique received a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh on October 10.


Megumi Kivuva

Read all about Megumi Kivuva's summer as the recipient of the 2017 Marcie WATERMAN Love '56 International Travel Grant for the Global Empowerment of Women and Girls. Meg traveled to Nicaragua & Cuba. Read More


Ezekyel Roberts

FAME Scholar and Shady Side Academy Senior, Ezekyel Roberts is a recipient of the Iota Phi Foundation of Pittsburgh/NEED Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic years to attend a college of his choice. Please join us in congratulating Ezekyel.