Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced that Mount St. Mary’s University, in partnership with Montgomery College and Frederick Community, will receive $899,926 to support STEM degree completion in Maryland.
This week, United States Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone announced the program will support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degree completion and job placement for low-income, high-achieving undergraduates. The program will focus on providing scholarships, transfer student success, and professional development support services.
The program will recruit over 25 low-income students from Frederick Community College and Montgomery College to support their education in STEM related fields from the pre-transfer period through post-graduation job placement. Researchers will then evaluate the “academic and employment outcomes of students” to measure the program’s success.
From Van Hollen’s press release:
“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,” the lawmakers said. “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.”
These funds were awarded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, which aims to grow the number of low-income students entering into STEM fields post graduate.