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University of North Georgia receives STEM grant of more than $600K
Money will fund 24 annual scholarships for freshmen
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The University of North Georgia has received a federal grant for nearly $615,000 to support students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The grant will provide annual, competitive scholarships of $4,362 to 24 talented, full-time freshmen who do not have their financial needs met through traditional financial aid in the school’s College of Science & Mathematics, according to a news release.

Twelve scholarships will be awarded to students on UNG’s Dahlonega campus and 12 to students on UNG’s Gainesville campus. Students on the Gainesville campus can complete a four-year degree in biology or mathematics, but if they wish to complete a four-year degree in other STEM disciplines, they must transfer to the Dahlonega campus.

This fall, a committee will select 24 students to receive the scholarship each year to degree completion, for a maximum of five years. The students must be first-time freshmen, and their selection will based on academic ability, financial need and full-time enrollment in eligible STEM programs.

The grant is part of the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics project, which aims to increase the STEM workforce by recruiting and supporting academically talented, low-income students through degree completion and partnering with employers to facilitate job placement.

The remainder of the grant funds will provide support for three other related objectives during the five-year period: creating supportive environments to encourage students to stay through degree completion, improving student support programs and drawing in industry partners.

The award was received July 15 and will end June 30, 2020.