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Joliet Junior College awarded grant for STEM scholarships

11/15/2017, 12:01 p.m.
Joliet Junior College has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support student science scholarships.

Joliet Junior College has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $649,901.

The funding will be used for Supporting Science Students through Scholarships, Academic and Social Activities, and Reflective Journaling project – a program designed to address the ever-increasing need in Illinois and surrounding areas for highly qualified STEM professionals. It will include a structured research study that will be used to determine the impact of course specific tutoring, mentoring, and reflective journaling among students in STEM courses.

“I am proud to announce that this award for Joliet Junior College will go towards enhancing STEM education for students,” said Congressman Bill Foster, who pushed for JJC to receive the award. “For America to remain competitive in a global economy that is increasingly STEM-based, we must continue to invest in expanding opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects in the classroom and the career paths that follow. Joliet Junior College is laying the foundation for our country to continue its leadership in science and innovation.”

Joliet Junior College is the first public community college founded in the United States. It serves more than 35,000 students annually.