AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is offering education grants of up to $500 for creative classroom projects planned for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Classroom Grants are awarded for 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, or in communities where the company has generating plants or does business.
"Our goal is to encourage creative classroom learning in the STEM subjects; to support teacher professional development in these critical areas; and to expose both students and teachers to the career possibilities in the STEM fields of study," said Delores Jones, manager, Community Initiatives. "The students who benefit from these programs could become FirstEnergy's future engineers, scientists, accountants, information technologists and electricians."
STEM grant applications must be submitted by September 17, 2012. The application and more information about grant criteria is available on FirstEnergy's website: www.firstenergycorp.com/community/education/educational_grants.html.
Grants will be awarded based on the recommendations of the FirstEnergy Education Advisory Council. Winners will be notified by October 8, 2012.
More than 1,000 STEM grants have been awarded to educators and youth group leaders since 1986.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, hydro and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of nearly 23,000 megawatts.
SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.