'Mythbusters' Host Grant Imahara Honored With Educational Foundation

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The Steam program will provide mentorships, grants, and scholarships to students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

In honor of the late Mythbusters host Grant Imahara, a foundation has been established to empower young people to get involved in science, technology, art, engineering and mathematics.

The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation will provide mentorships, grants, and scholarships to students — regardless of socioeconomic status, race or gender — who demonstrate interest in those areas.

"There are many students, like my son Grant, who need the balance of the technical and the creative, and this is what STEAM is all about," said Carolyn Imahara, Grant’s mother and Foundation co-founder. "I’m so proud of my son’s career, but I’m equally proud of the work he did mentoring students. He would be thrilled that we plan to continue this, plus much more, through The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation."

In addition, the USC School of Engineering, together with Imahara's friend and fellow USC graduate Wade Bick, started a drive to name a study lounge after Imahara. Any gifts directed to the Grant Imahara Memorial Study Lounge will go toward USC's Viterbi K-12 stem center, providing educational projects to students, teachers and families in Southern California.

Imahara, who was also a robotics engineer who held positions at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, died on July 13 following a brain aneurysm. He was 49.

View more information about the foundation here.