St. Philip’s Awarded Nearly $400,000 for Minority Math, Science Education
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $396,648 grant to St. Philip’s College to help the school recruit, retain and educate more minority students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
St. Philip’s, a dual designation historically black college and a Hispanic serving institution, received the grant through a program titled “Project GeNex: Educating the Next Generation of STEM Professionals.”
“As the former chief education officer for NASA, I experienced first-hand the incredible need and importance of directing more minority students toward high-tech careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields,” says St. Philip’s President Adena Williams Loston. “Today’s announcement provides the much needed resources to achieve our objectives and encourage more minority students to pursue STEM careers.”
The two-year grant will target full- and part-time students, recent high school graduates, non-traditional students, men, women, whites, blacks and Hispanics, Pell Grant eligible and non-Pell Grant eligible students, and students with disabilities.
St. Philip’s goal is to increase the number of STEM professionals in the nation’s workforce.
“This grant will help fund scholarships for STEM students, STEM student support services, technology infusion into the classroom, curriculum enhancements, and professional development for some SPC faculty and some secondary STEM faculty,” says Herbert Pennick, associate professor of mathematics at St. Philip’s and the grant’s project manager.
St. Philip’s College is a member of Alamo Colleges, a San Antonio-based community college district.