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U.Va., PVCC Collaborate on Scholarships for Financially Disadvantaged Students

National Science Foundation Funds $262,000 Scholarship Program For Students In Engineering And Math

March 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.

The 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.

The 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.

"This 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."

About 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 both schools.

Applications 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.

For 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.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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