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“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going. Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols

Influenced and inspired by the profound impact of Nichelle Nichols on the world and future of spaceflight, the Nichelle Nichols Foundation seeks to continue that legacy and serve women and BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in their educational path to fields within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

After the passing of Nichelle Nichols, her fans, friends, and family were inspired to carry out the dream she had started during her life impacting the community around her.  The Nichelle Nichols Foundation partners with existing organizations that have a proven track record of outreach, scholarships, training, and mentorship to increase women and diversity in STEAM. 

You can help support this mission, donate today! 

  • Support grants to increase and expand existing programs.
  • Help fund grants to create and launch new programs that will remove barriers and provide support to individuals from underserved populations.
  • Launching contests that will inspire the next generation to reach for the stars and achieve their full potential.

Mission: Boldly Going Forward


We are here to continue breaking down the barriers. We are here to open the doors of opportunity. We are here to serve and inspire women and BIPOC (Blacks, Indigenous, People of Color) communities to reach for the stars.

Education is the gateway to dreams, and our young people are our future. With Nichelle Nichols as our guiding star, we continue the mission to make an impact in young people’s lives and create a path for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related education and careers. The Nichelle Nichols Foundation (NNF) will advance her dream to inspire future generations who will shape our world in the image of Star Trek and its “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” (IDIC) philosophy: a world that is diverse, kind, and peaceful.   

Join Us On Our Mission:

Impact Areas

Established, reputable partners of the Nichelle Nichols Foundation, are ready to join our mission through their existing programs and services. We are excited to increase their ability to help so many young people. Please visit our partner page to learn more about these organizations.

Inspire Creativity: Hands On

Fueling the imagination of the next generation by holding STEAM-themed contests targeting grade school and high school students. 

Developing Skills: Mentorship

Building leadership and confidence skills in the next generation of STEAM professionals through our partners mentorship programs.

Remove the Barriers: Scholarships &

Increasing women & underrepresented individuals in STEAM careers by focusing on removing barriers for high school, college and 2nd career individuals by providing scholarships and technical training. 

Speaker Series – “Hailing Frequencies Open”

 To continue the legacy of Nichelle, we are launching a series of talks with fans the world over who will share their incredible career journeys to inspire the next generation.

“If they can see it, they can be it.”

Our speakers will discuss their careers, exciting projects they have worked on, and share the roadmap of how to pursue a career in their field. “Hailing Frequencies Open” will be interactive, fun, and free to everyone. Our speaker lineup will encompass areas such as astronomy, art, engineering, software development, creatives, scientists, diplomats, medical professionals, influencers, NGOs, economic experts, and visionaries. Please visit our events page.

Looking Forward
to the Future

Our 2024 Flagship Project: Nichelle Nichols Cadet Space Camp

Shoot for the stars – literally! Starting in 2024, we will send young space enthusiasts to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL to start their path toward their future careers. Young students chosen from worldwide locations across the globe will work as a team and confront mission scenarios that require dynamic problem solving and critical thinking — 21st century learning skills required in the workplace.

Foundation News

"Hailing Frequencies Open"

Our next live event will be Saturday, March 25th at 10 am PST. We will be discussing representation on TV/movies and how Star Trek and Nichelle opened up the doors for so many. Star Trek was way ahead of its time and always had strong women and diversity as part of their franchise.
Our host will be Mary Chieffo who played the Klingon L’Rell in Discovery, and she will be joined by Star Trek’s Science Advisor Dr. Erin Macdonald. Rounding out our panel: Sydney Hamilton, Aerospace Engineer, LaShana Lewis, Business Leader and Nichelle’s niece, Jasmin Brown, Physician. Each one of these amazing women have been influenced by Nichelle and Star Trek. “If they can see it, they can be it.”
They will discuss their love of Star Trek and will share their career journey and how you can reach for the stars. Please subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss this amazing event.

The Nichelle Nichols Foundation is excited to announce, we will be hosting a science panel at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. June16th – 18th. We will update once we have the date, time and location.

Paramount’s beautiful tribute to Nichelle Nichols

NASA video tribute to Nichelle Nichols

To Boldly Go: Nichelle Nichols’ 90th Celebrated With Unveiling of Foundation

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