AKRON, Ohio, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is offering education grants for creative classroom projects involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) planned for the 2016-2017 school year.
STEM Classroom Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for teacher professional-development initiatives and creative, individual classroom projects for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The grants are available to educators and youth group leaders located in communities served by FirstEnergy's 10 electric operating companies, and in communities where the company has facilities or does business.
"In the energy industry we need and value innovation, especially as our business continues to change and evolve," said Dee Lowery, vice president, Corporate Affairs and Community Involvement. "By encouraging innovative classroom experiences, FirstEnergy is supporting the next generation of engineers, scientists, accountants, information technologists and electricians who will one day help shape our industry's future."
STEM grant applications must be submitted by September 23, 2016. Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/STEM for additional information on grant criteria and to apply. Grants will be awarded based on the recommendations of the FirstEnergy Education Advisory Council. Winners will be notified by October 14, 2016.
More than 1,000 STEM grants have been awarded to educators and youth group leaders.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.