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MSMU Receives NSF Grant to Foster STEM Transfer Path for FCC and MC Students

Mount St. Mary's University

September 17, 2020


The National Science Foundation has awarded Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU), in partnership with Frederick Community College (FCC) and Montgomery College (MC), an $899,926 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (S-STEM) program grant that provides transfer pathways and scholarships for community college students to complete their bachelor’s degree at MSMU. The NSF S-STEM program aims to increase the number of low-income students earning degrees in STEM fields.

“I am grateful for the NSF’s support of this partnership with our neighboring community colleges that will directly increase the number and diversity of STEM graduates who are prepared to enter the workforce and meet regional and national workforce needs,” said MSMU President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “We are fortunate to have a top-notch team that developed and will staff this initiative, led by Dr. Rosina Bolen with the support of Dean Kraig Sheetz.”

"Partnerships like these are vital to the success of community college students in STEM careers, and help build the pipeline of a diverse workforce," said MC President DeRionne Pollard. "Montgomery College is grateful for the generous support of the National Science Foundation in furthering pathways to STEM careers by our students. I am confident that our students will be well-prepared to attend MSMU with these supports in place."

FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster also expressed gratitude to the NSF and pride in the college’s STEM students. “Frederick Community College offers strong STEM programs, and we are proud of our many students who excel while earning this critical education and training,” Burmaster said. “We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for providing funding to help FCC students transfer to Mount St. Mary’s University and complete their bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field.”