WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Education Foundation (NEF), the national nonprofit leader in K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education solutions, and K-12 QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) funding, has set aside $80 million for the mandated matching grants to school districts/schools to enable them to receive $800 million Federal QZAB funds.
Disadvantaged school districts/charter schools, with 35% or more students on free/reduced cost meals, can apply for up to $30 million for energy, renovation, technology and STEM projects. $800 million zero-interest QZAB funds are available nationally. Used for energy, QZAB becomes a full grant.
Any eligible school district/charter school can apply at www.qzab.org.
In order to persuade the U.S. Congress to make the QZAB program permanent at $400 million a year, NEF is asking all eligible school districts/charter schools to apply ASAP. QZAB allocations are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. NEF staff would assist the applicants in completing the simple 2-page QZAB application, and receiving funds.
As mandated by QZAB law, NEF's academy partner, the acclaimed State University of New York (SUNY), helps to set up world-class, flexible QZAB STEM+ academies in schools, mapped to every state's standards, to "prepare students better for college and workforce,"
Most students in the NEF-SUNY academies advance one grade level in a subject like math or reading in 20-30 learning hours, a remarkable achievement.
NEF Chairman Dr. Appu Kuttan stated, "NEF's QZAB mission is to help schools get the much-needed QZAB funds and prepare students better for college and highly competitive 21st- century global economy jobs."
Annually, NEF provides cash awards to best performing academies. This year's grand award ($10,000) goes to Lehighton, PA- students advanced one grade level in 25 learning hours! Merit award winners are Canton, NY, Martins Ferry, OH, Sidney, NE, Steubenville, OH, and Warren County, PA.
Moreover, NEF provides 80% STEM matching grants to school districts/schools nationwide. Through the QZAB, STEM+, and Adopt-A-School grant initiatives, NEF has created the most cost-effective and high-quality STEM+ education solution in the U.S, mapped to every state's standards.
NEF has STEM+ Academies in 20 states and in several major cities. NEF's ultimate goal is to provide STEM+ education to students in most disadvantaged school districts/schools in the U.S. by 2020.
For information about NEF's grant programs, contact NEF at 703-823-9999 or visit www.cyberlearning.org
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SOURCE National Education Foundation - CyberLearning