Gettysburg College gets $600k for STEM scholarships

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(Gettysburg) — The National Science Foundation is sending more than $600,000 to Gettysburg College.

The money will go towards scholarships for those pursuing careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

It’ll start covering scholarships in the fall of 2016.

Gettysburg plans to recruit students who would be the first college graduates in their family.

So, it will bring them to campus before the semester starts and set up a mentorship program to go beyond help in the classroom.

Gettysburg Mathematics Chair Darren Glass says the college hopes the scholarship program has a multiplying effect.

“The goal is that this will increase the diversity of campus, and increase the success of the students who come here. This specific program is science specific, STEM specific, but at the same time, we hope that some of these things will broaden out,” says Glass.

Glass says if the mentorship program is successful, it may be expanded to students majoring in subjects outside of the STEM fields.

“It’s very helpful to them to have both faculty mentors as well as a cohort, a cohesive cohort of students going through the process together, because they might not have some of the skills both academic and non-academic to succeed and thrive the way that we hope they can,” he adds.

He also hopes with Gettysburg reaching out to disadvantaged and minority communities, more students from those areas will consider the school beyond its STEM offerings.

Glass says Gettysburg plans to focus on recruiting students in the Baltimore and Philadelphia metro areas.

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