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Welcome to Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA!

We are located on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University (Morken Center for Learning & Technology Room 159) in Tacoma, Washington and have extensive involvement in many area schools in helping students achieve their best in math, science, and engineering.

Vision Statement

Diverse student populations in Washington State have the educational support and tools to create innovative solutions as they become the next leaders in STEM.

Mission Statement

Washington MESA believes there are many benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, our programs are targeted to increase the representation of women, African Americans, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific islanders in STEM fields. Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA works with youth in middle and high school and focuses on exposing them to STEM careers and preparing them for transition into post-secondary pathways.

We empower underrepresented students by providing them a community that supports their pathways to higher education in STEM, through mentorships, academic programs, and interactive workshops.


Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA was established in 1984 and served an initial population of approximately twenty students. Since that time, the program has grown immensely and currently serves over 800 students. Over 92% of our graduates go on to colleges and universities across the country. MESA students earn university degrees in engineering and science at a rate that is nearly five times greater than the national average. (NSF 2006)

Washington State MESA works to support underrepresented students achieving and contributing their full potential in mathematics, engineering and science.

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MESA provides scholarship resources to students.

December 2020 News!

PLU Awarded $14,000 for Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund