PVCC Collaborate on Scholarships for Financially Disadvantaged Students
Science Foundation Funds $262,000 Scholarship Program For Students
In Engineering And Math
28, 2001-- The National Science Foundation Scholars
Program has awarded $262,000 to the University of Virginia to support
a collaborative scholarship fund for technology and math students
at U.Va. and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
program is designed to increase the number of talented but financially
disadvantaged students who wish to complete associate's, bachelor's
and graduate degrees. The program is open to prospective and currently
enrolled technology and math students at U.Va. and PVCC.
NSF Scholars Program will provide a $3,125 scholarship for each
of two years to about 40 students. U.Va. and PVCC also will provide
professional development workshops and classes for the students
and will assist with industry internships. Each NSF scholar will
be mentored and monitored for academic progress.
is a wonderful opportunity for students who wish either to enter
the technology workforce or to continue their technology education
up to graduate school," says Carolyn Vallas, director of U.Va.'s
Office of Minority Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied
Science. "The NSF Scholars Program is designed to help these students
achieve their greatest goals."
40 percent of the scholarships will be awarded to U.Va. engineering
students and 20 percent to U.Va. math majors. The remaining 40 percent
will be awarded to PVCC students who either intend to transfer to
U.Va. or plan to directly enter the technology workforce after earning
an associate's degree. The financial-aid offices at each institution
will identify scholarship candidates, and an advisory board will
select the scholars. Vallas' office will administer the awards for
for the scholarships are due Tuesday, May 1, 2001. Award letters
will be distributed in May and June. Funding will be available for
the Fall 2001 semester.
further information about the program, call Carolyn Vallas at the
U.Va. engineering school's Office of Minority Programs at (804)
924-0614, or Ruth Douglas at PVCC's Science and Technology Department
at (804) 961-5431.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778