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Foster Announces Over $950,000 Award for the University of St. Francis

Jun 28, 2018
Press Release

Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis will receive an award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $957,217. The funding will provide scholarships and stipends for undergraduate STEM majors who are pursuing teaching careers at high-need high schools. USF will use the award to increase the number of STEM majors successfully completing biology and mathematics licensure for secondary education.

“I am proud to announce this major award will be used to address the critical need for effective secondary STEM teachers in Joliet and the surrounding area,” Foster said. “For America to remain competitive in a global economy that is increasingly STEM-based, we must continue to invest in programs that will help to prepare the next generation for careers in STEM fields. Making sure our students have teachers with strong backgrounds in science education and evidence-based instruction is an integral part of that goal.”

“The jobs forecast indicates substantial growth in STEM fields,” said Lisa White-McNulty, USF professor of education and principal grant investigator. “We need excellent teachers who can instill a love of STEM in their students and prepare them well to pursue STEM related degrees in college. Even if students do not pursue a career in a STEM field, they benefit from a strong foundation in those subjects so they can be informed citizens in this technology driven world.”  

The National Science Foundation is providing the funding as part of the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program which awards funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers.