INDIANOLA, Iowa - Simpson College announced this week it has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to offer scholarships to 15 future students pursuing careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
The $586,400 grant is one of the largest federal grants received in the school's 155-year history, and will be offered to 15 students pursuing STEM careers, awarding them scholarship money for their entire four-year college career.
The grant will award $8,400 annually in scholarships to 15 academically talented and financially needy students. The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress to promote the progress of science. The Foundation reports it received more than 400 applications, and approved about 100 projects for grants.
The first year of the program is devoted to planning and recruitment activities. The first students awarded the scholarship will be enrolled in the fall of 2016. These students will also participate in a one-week program prior to the start of the semester, designed to mentor them from local STEM-related companies. These students will then continue to meet with their mentors each semester to complete a one-credit course solving industry-generation problems.