December 03, 2020

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure National Science Foundation Grant for Jacksonville University to Train Students in STEM

WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $943,266 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Jacksonville University. This grant will support “Project-based Service Learning and Career-training to Support Graduation and Career Readiness of Engineering and Computing Science Majors,” which will help meet the national need for engineers and computer scientists by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students at Jacksonville University.

“I am proud to support a project that will increase the number of highly skilled, next-generation STEM professionals,” Rep. Lawson said. “This project will fund scholarships for up to 35 full-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engineering or computing science.”

The award will continue over a five-year duration, ending on Nov. 30, 2025. The project will use inclusive recruitment activities to promote equitable access to the project’s scholarships and support activities. A longitudinal study will be conducted to explore the effects of curricular and co-curricular activities on preparing students to enter the STEM workforce.

This project is funded by NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program, which seeks to improve the education of future STEM workers, and to generate knowledge about academic success, retention, transfer, graduation, and academic/career pathways of low-income student.