INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 11, 2005) — Bridgestone/Firestone's diversified products division has donated $5,000 to Girls Inc. of Indianapolis to fund a scholarship program for young women.
Susan Guilkey, the 2005 winner of the Miss Indiana competition, along with Mike Gorey, president and CEO of BFS Diversified Products, parent company of Firestone Building Products and Firestone Industrial Products, presented a $5,000 check to the Indianapolis group. The donation will fund a scholarship enabling girls in that city to participate in Operation SMART, a learning program focused on teaching young girls the fundamentals of science, math and technology.
BFS said the program, designed for girls ages 6-18, includes hands-on activities that give participants the opportunity to explore, ask questions and solve problems in a girl-focused setting. Students learn about math, human anatomy, chemistry, research techniques, science and technology, architecture, engineering and other nontraditional careers through visits from women volunteers from the “Lunch Bunch” program and the Science Club with the Society of Women Engineers.
Ms. Guilkey is the daughter of two Firestone employees, Karen Williams and Donald Guilkey. Three of her grandparents also worked at Firestone, the company said. Together her family has a total of 145 years of service with Firestone companies.