CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES A GRANT OF MORE THAN A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FOR S.T.E.M. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UTPA

Mar 21, 2012 Issues: Education

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) was awarded a grant for $597,640 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide 20 four-year scholarships and 12 three-year scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of computer engineering, computer science, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering at UTPA.

“This grant will have a direct and positive impact on STEM students who attend UTPA,” said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “This project will serve as a model for other Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s) like UTPA, and other minority serving institutions including African Americans, Native Americans and women in the STEM fields.”

The project entitled “A Focused Student Recruitment and Support Model for Attracting Top Achieving Scholars,” is under the direction of Arturo Fuentes. It will be used to assist students who are academically talented and students who have financial needs. The goals of the project are to improve educational opportunities for students by combining student preparation with mentoring, tutoring, and research opportunities.

“Striving for educational excellence and providing our students the best opportunities in achieving their goals is our goal,” said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “We are all working to cultivate more Hispanic engineers by increasing our retention rate of students in helping them earn their college degrees.”

The grant is geared to fostering students’ growth and interest in their fields of study.

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