BALTIMORE, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to 167 K-12 schools nationwide to promote education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The Engineers Week STEM Grants seek to provide teachers with funding for projects that increase student awareness of the excitement and opportunity to be found in STEM fields. Each $300 grant was given to a school for use by a specific teacher, based on grant proposals submitted by the teacher. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, supplies, publications or transportation related to the project.
The 167 schools are located in 14 different states and in the communities near 19 separate Northrop Grumman campuses.
"Northrop Grumman remains strongly committed to promoting STEM education to better ensure long-term economic development in this country," said Melissa Sandlin, manager of corporate citizenship for Northrop Grumman's eastern region. "These grants will allow students across the nation to learn more about the benefits and value of pursuing a technical education."
The program was kicked off in February during National Engineers Week, a nationwide event dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Any public or charter school with an open enrollment policy was eligible to apply. The winners include elementary, middle and high schools, as well as charter and magnet schools. Grant applications were reviewed by employee committees at each Northrop Grumman campus.
The National Engineers Week STEM Grants is one of several Northrop Grumman community service programs designed to promote STEM education in the United States. Other programs include DiscoverE, Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement (TEAACH), Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars and the High School Involvement Partnership (HIP).
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