Oklahoma State University is set to announce a major grant from the US Department of Defense. The university says it’s the largest in the department’s history.
On Monday, OSU President Kayse Shrum will announce the $6 million grant which will help implement more programs in science, technology, engineering and math for schools with economically disadvantaged or underrepresented students.
University leaders believe introducing the STEM fields early will help build excitement and interest.
The money will be provided over the next 4 years. It is meant to create a pathway for students to have successful careers in engineering and innovation.
The Director of STEM Development Initiatives at OSU says it could help provide qualified candidates at places like Tinker Air Force base.
“It’s a huge prestigious grant,” says Dr. Jovette Dew. “It’s one of only several in the United States that’s given.”
Representative Frank Lucas will be present at Monday’s announcement as well as students from ASTEC Charter School which specializes in STEM education.
The grant will not only bring in academic partners, but also industry and community leaders.
The announcement is expected at 10 a.m. Monday at OSU Discovery in Oklahoma City.