Foster Announces Nearly $650,000 Award for the University of St. Francis
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $649,677. The funding will be provided through the NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program and will help support the university with retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need.
Scholarships will be provided to 12 students from local high schools who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology and biochemistry at the University of St. Francis.
“Expanding opportunities for students in STEM fields is vital for America’s future economic growth,” Foster said. “I am pleased that the University of St. Francis will use this award to support local students, especially those from low-income households. A person’s zip code or economic background should not be a barrier to their ability to pursue their education. For America to remain a leader in science and innovation, we need to make sure we are doing our best to encourage young people of all backgrounds to work towards degrees in STEM fields and the dynamic career paths that follow.”
“This grant begins another chapter in USF’s long history of success in the STEM fields,” said USF President Arvid Johnson. “We have invested heavily in these fields, as recently demonstrated in our new LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall, which opened this past February. This grant, coupled with our new, state-of-the-art science hall, will help USF to recruit and educate excellent STEM teachers and researchers from our community, who will be prepared to contribute to our world through service and leadership.”