WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.), announced $637,097 in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to the Frederick Community Scholars STEM program.
The program will start in the fall of 2020 and will offer students who demonstrate academic talent and financial need, including students from underrepresented groups, the resources and support needed to pursue a degree in STEM disciplines and a successful career afterwards.
The program will provide students scholarships, extensive faculty mentoring, opportunities for STEM-related community service, and exposure to research and industry experiences and personnel. This unique combination will help students develop the skills needed to succeed in STEM both while in college and once they enter the STEM workforce.
“STEM is not only the future of our economy, but the present. The more we can level the playing field for students to succeed, the more they will give back and enhance our local communities,” said Senator Cardin. “No academically successful student should be stalled on their path to a STEM career due to the high cost of obtaining a college education. This federal investment will allow students to prioritize their education and the industry experiences necessary for success in the job market. It will address the shortage of STEM professionals and the lack of diversity in these fields, as well as further our understanding of how to help students thrive.”
“Preparing our students with the skills they need for the 21st century economy is crucial for the success of our communities and Maryland’s workforce. This funding for Frederick Community College will provide scholarships to students to enhance their academic skills and pursue STEM-related careers,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will continue working in the Senate to invest in STEM education and to provide a quality education for all Americans.”
“As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I’ve seen firsthand the opportunity gaps that exist in the education system,” said Representative Trone. “This grant for the STEM Scholars Program at Frederick Community College is a win-win. It will both fill a need for professionals in the STEM field while expanding educational opportunities to passionate, hardworking FCC STEM students regardless of their financial status. ”
“The Frederick Community College STEM Scholars program will provide greater access for traditionally underrepresented students to STEM related academic and career pathways of the College,” said President of Frederick Community College Elizabeth Burmaster. “Through a generous National Science Foundation grant, the students in the new STEM Scholars program will receive the support needed to succeed, and to move on to employment in the growing science and technology sectors.”