Cathy Hill, vice president of Georgia Power’s Coastal Region, recently presented a check for $20,000 from the Georgia Power Foundation to Armstrong State University president Dr. Linda M. Bleicken for the university’s College of Science and Technology and ongoing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiatives.
“Georgia Power is proud to support STEM initiatives at Armstrong, which prepare students for high-demand jobs,” Hill said.
Last year, Armstrong was one of 123 schools nationwide to be named to the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list by Victory Media and was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs magazine.
Two years ago, Armstrong’s Department of Biology received nearly $200,000 from the NSF’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM grant program. Three years ago, the university received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant of $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation to create a scholarship program for STEM students to complete the bachelor’s of science degree and continue their studies at Armstrong to gain a master’s of teaching degree and become K-12 STEM teachers.
For the past seven summers, Armstrong’s Engineering Studies Program, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Savannah, has held two-week robotics workshops for students with funding from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium. Approximately 70 percent of the students who attended have gone on to STEM-based collegiate programs. Nearly 30 of those students enrolled in Armstrong to pursue STEM subjects.
“Armstrong’s College of Science and Technology has a strong history of providing undergraduates with hands-on research and internship opportunities,” Bleicken said. “Georgia Power’s generosity will help us continue to fulfill our ongoing mission to support student success in these important areas.”