The Greene Scholars Program (GSP) is a long-term K-12 initative founded in 2001 by Debra Watkins, while she was president of the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators to help youth of African ancestry successfully complete higher STEM education and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities. Named after Dr. Frank S. Greene Jr, a pioneering African American scientist who was one of the Bay Area’s first African American venture capitalists, the GSP fosters a community of college-bound Scholars focused on developing their academic gifts. The Greene Scholars Program is designed to develop 21st century leaders with strong science/mathematics backgrounds coupled with innovation, entrepreneurial/leadership and problem solving skills.The GSP primary goal has been to increase the success rate of African American students in STEM course work and to increase the number of students choosing STEM career paths.