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March 20, 2013

Grant will fund scholarships for first-generation students

GOSHEN — Goshen College received a grant for nearly $600,000 this week to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) scholarships to first-generation students.

National Science Foundation officials announced that Goshen College was awarded a five-year grant worth $598,000.

Each scholarship is worth up to $40,000 each for students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Foundation officials noted that African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American students who are the first in their family to go to college are especially encouraged to apply.

The first scholarships will be awarded this fall.

The criteria for qualifying for the scholarships are available at: www.goshen.edu/financialaid/achievement-awards. Persons interested in this scholarship should contact the Goshen College Admission Office by calling 574-535-7535 or emailing admission@goshen.edu.

“Receiving this prestigious and competitive grant is an honor and speaks to the strength of the college’s science programs and faculty, and in working with diverse students through our Center for Intercultural and International Education,” said Goshen College Academic Dean Anita Stalter. “We are pleased to have this assistance in seeking to recruit and retain more students in the sciences from groups which are traditionally underrepresented, and to help prepare them to make significant contributions to the world.”

The Goshen College Leaf Scholars project team includes David Housman, professor of mathematics; as well as Kent Palmer, associate professor of informatics; Ryan Sensenig, associate professor of biology and environmental science; Dan Smith, professor of chemistry; and John R. Buschert, professor of physics.

Goshen College was one of seven Indiana colleges to receive the grant funding. Butler, DePauw, Indiana State, Indiana, Purdue, Rose-Hulman and St. Mary’s also received the grant.

Goshen College is ranked first in the percentage of graduates who received Ph.Ds in the life sciences among the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ 70 undergraduate institutions.

The grant will look to boost Goshen College’s ranking in life sciences.

In a recent study by Franklin and Marshall College of over 500 undergraduate institutions, Goshen College ranked in the top 5 percent for its percentage of graduates who earned Ph.Ds in life sciences.

 

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