Money to provide science, technology and math scholarships
Belmont University announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding the university a $575,000 grant in support of scholarships for students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with the intention of attracting women, minorities, first-generation college students and economically disadvantaged students to these disciplines. The NSF sees investment in STEM education as crucial if the U.S. is to hold its place as a world leader in science and technology. This project, titled “Pathways to Science, Technology and Mathematics,” will involve Belmont faculty working with high schools and industries across Middle Tennessee and is an important piece of a renewed vision of the sciences at Belmont.
Belmont Provost Dr. Dan McAlexander said, “The ‘Pathways’ project will have a lasting impact on the sciences at Belmont and on the caliber of students we attract. This grant in particular enables the university to expand and strengthen its commitments in areas that are vital to a 21st century world, areas that reflect this generation’s pioneering spirit.”
Professor of Mathematics Dr. Glenn Acree, who served as principal investigator for the proposal, added, “Belmont University welcomes the opportunity to take a leadership role in science and technology initiatives in Middle Tennessee. With this grant we intend to raise student awareness of science-related careers, enhance our science and technology academic programs, and provide qualified graduates to meet the workforce needs of Middle Tennessee.”
The broader impact will be realized across the Middle Tennessee region as opportunities for education and careers in the STEM disciplines are communicated to K-12 communities and as students within these communities participate through this scholarship program. In addition to partnering with other education institutions, the “Pathways” program further enhances a growing relationship with organizations like the Nashville Technology Council, which seeks to help the Middle Tennessee technology community succeed.
Minimum requirements for scholarship applicants include a high school G.P.A. of 3.25 and Math ACT score and Comprehensive ACT of 25 (or equivalent SAT scores) as well as completed applications for Belmont and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Student participants will receive scholarships for four years as long as they continue to satisfy the requirements of the program.