Our commitment to leadership extends beyond service to our clients. It also includes responsible involvement with our communities. Since the firm's inception, our core company values have been rooted in fostering a spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among our staff.
Through our employees, community service and stewardship are woven into the fabric of SAM and we embrace the individual passions they bring to the company. This has led us to be involved with a wide variety of programs, such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Blood Bank of Central Texas, Coats for Kids, the Wounded Warrior Project, and many more. By supporting the public spirit of our employees, we are contributing to helping build better places to live, work and grow.
One of the leading focuses of our community involvement is on education. We believe that by supporting education programs we can help both individuals and communities to thrive. We are particularly committed to promoting training in the areas of science and technology. Consequently, we have been a longtime supporter of programs such as Communities in Schools of Central Texas, a youth public service program that conducts initiatives such as XY-Zone, Food for Thought, and Job Shadow Day, and Urban League adult education programs to help students prepare for their GED exam and complete their high school education. We also support development of the next generation of professionals in our field by establishing scholarships and grants for university-level surveying students. Beyond that, we encourage all our staff to get involved in hands-on mentoring for young minds that are essential to our future. The SAM companies have also established the Sam G. Hanna Honorary Scholarship, named for the company's founder, to assist SAM employees’ dependents meet their educational goals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2017 and have continued annually.
From the top down, SAM employees are committed to giving back to their communities in many ways. Our firm enthusiastically supports these efforts because we strongly believe in the shared values of community spirit.