STEM Equity

Meredith College Wins Nearly $1 Million to Support Women in STEM

The School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Meredith College has won nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation to help support women pursuing education in STEM fields.

The college will use the grant money, estimated to be $997,077, to launch the Advancing Women's Education in STEM (AWE-STEM) Scholars Program, which will aim to offer additional scholarship and programming support for women in STEM majors beginning next fall.

"The AWE-STEM Scholars Program is consistent with the mission and vision of Meredith College — to help young women realize and build on their strengths, to broaden their perspective and to prepare them for roles of impact and leadership," said Professor of Chemistry Walda Powell in a prepared statement.

A $4,500 per year scholarship will be awarded to students who qualify based on merit and need. AWE-STEM scholars will also participate in a learning community, a mentoring program, a women in STEM speakers program and, if they choose, a summer institute.

"Meredith is a smaller liberal arts college that has a strong background in preparing and supporting women for careers in STEM-related fields," said Jennifer Hontz, professor of mathematics at Meredith, in a prepared statement. "To be awarded the grant from NSF is both validating and rewarding — it is an exciting opportunity to continue and to expand the level of support for women in STEM."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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