January 30, 2018

$5M STEM grant awarded to CT colleges

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Central Connecticut State University

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant for three colleges in central Connecticut to boost the diversity of students who pursue careers in computer science, mathematics, and physics.

Over the next five years, the new scholarship program will provide financial and academic support to approximately 90 under-represented, low-income students enrolled at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Manchester Community College (MCC), or Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

Scholarship recipients will be in line for financial aid of up to $10,000 a year, as well as programming that helps support these students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, said Zulma R. Toro, president of CCSU.

"Our scholarship recipients will form a cohort and, together, they will receive intensive enrichment and interventions designed to help them succeed academically," said Kurkovsky. "It's a distinguishing feature of our program and likely set our application apart from the nearly 500 NSF grant competitors."

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