Hendrix College gets $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant for STEM scholarships

CONWAY, Ark. – Rural Arkansas students who want to pursue a STEM education may find new opportunities at Hendrix College in Conway.

The college announced Tuesday that it had received $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for STEM scholarships. School officials said these scholarships are earmarked for students from economically limited backgrounds who want to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

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College officials said the award is for six years to provide for three groups of 10 students, adding that they are especially interested in recruiting students from rural Arkansas and rural areas in surrounding states.

Each scholarship will provide $15,000 per student, along with summer stipends to provide for research and internships. School officials said the ultimate goal is to equip students to solve problems in their local communities with limited infrastructure and access to broadband internet.

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Students will also participate in the Arkansas Innovation Hub to engage in community projects that can be met through scientific solutions as part of their education.

“This collaboration demonstrates the power of community working together to provide resources for advancements in STEM,” Innovation Hub Director Errin Stanger said. “The commitment to serving economically limited individuals is directly in line with our mission.”

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The college’s STEM disciplines are biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, biochemistry and molecular biology and chemical physics.

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