Like you, we believe that every student, no matter where they were born or live, what they look like, or how much money their family has, deserves to believe in their ability to become a scientist.

For as little as $72 or $6/month, you can connect a student with a STEM pen pal for a yearlong letter exchange.

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

Help us reach our goal to connect 580 students with STEM pen pals by 12/31!

Donation FAQ's

  1. We provide the Letters to a Pre-Scientist pen pal program to schools in low-income communities at no cost. Funds support classroom materials such as stamps and envelopes.
  2. Our program is run remotely to ensure we reach the students who need it most. Funds support online communication platforms.
  3. We hold our program implementation to high standards. Funds support our Program Managers and training for STEM professionals and teachers.
  4. Student and STEM professional data privacy is important to us. Funds support our secure database.

Pre-Scientist, Inc is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Our federal tax identification number is 83-0818098. As no goods or services have been provided in connection with this gift, the full amount is deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.

If you plan to support us with a donation of $500 or more, please consider mailing a check or making an ACH transfer to avoid credit card processing fees. Checks can be made out to Pre-Scientist, Inc and mailed to:

Pre-Scientist, Inc

7901 Carroll Ave.

Takoma Park, MD 20912

Please reach out to to request our bank information to make an electronic funds transfer.

  1. We are always looking for mission aligned companies to support our pen pal program. If you think your company might want to sponsor a classroom, please download and send them this Sponsorship packet. You can also reach out to with any questions!

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  1. Go to and enter the email you used when making your donation.
  2. Click ‘Get Login Link’.
  3. Open your email and click login in the email with the subject Login to Donor Portal.
  4. Click the settings gear to the right of your recurring donation, then click edit payment details.
  5. Make the edits and click confirm!