Maryland federal legislators announced Aug. 20 the awarding of almost $900,000 in funding to support STEM education.
Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, in partnership with Montgomery College and Frederic Community College, will receive $899,926 to support science, technology, engineering and math degree completion and jobs for low income, high achieving graduates.
The program will recruit 27 low income students and support their studies in STEM fields through graduation and job placement.
“Increasing access to STEM careers for students from all backgrounds is vital to cultivating a strong, 21st century economy in Maryland and across the country. This program will support students with wraparound services from the moment they start college on to graduate school or job placement,” U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone announced.
“We are proud to continue fighting for federal investment in STEM education so we can break down the structural barriers that deny opportunity to too many Marylanders,” the four legislators noted in a news release.
Funds were awarded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students earning degrees in STEM fields.