Lynne Hermansen
The National Science Foundation awarded $1,487,766 to Johnson County Community College’s STEM Scholars Program.
Sharice Davids, Kansas 3rd District State Representative, announced Thursday, July 21 the program will help assist high achieving, low income students with financial need pursuing degrees in STEM.
The project hopes to provide 54 students with scholarships in the next six years for associate degrees with plans to continue on to a four year university.
“As an alum of Johnson County Community College I applaud their efforts to support students and families who may otherwise not have access to STEM learning programs,”Davids said. “Graduating from a higher education institution, trade school or apprenticeship program does not just benefit the individual it benefits the entire community. I am thankful we have top-notch learning opportunities here.”
Dr. Andy Browne, JCCC President, said they appreciated the National Science Foundation’s awareness of the important role community colleges play in STEM education.
“This support will create tremendous opportunities for JCCC students,”he said.
Beth Edmunds and Suneetha Menon, professors, said they were very excited for the opportunity to build on the work they accomplished with a previous grant.
“This new six year grant will enable us to provide academic, financial and other wraparound support to even more students who begin their college career at JCCC and then transfer on to a four year institution,”they said.
First year students will receive up to two years of scholarship support through JCCC’s STEM Scholars Program.
The project will develop a series of co-curricular activities with mentorships and dedicated programming.
The grant’s federal funding is through the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Legislation.