Al Lawson: NSF Sending Funds to Help STEM Students at Jacksonville University

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., announced on Thursday that more than $940,000 in federal funds will be coming to Jacksonville University (JU) on the First Coast.

Lawson said on Thursday that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will send $943,266 to JU. The funds will come through NSF’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.

“This grant will support ‘Project-based Service Learning and Career-training to Support Graduation and Career Readiness of Engineering and Computing Science Majors,’ which will help meet the national need for engineers and computer scientists by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students at Jacksonville University,” the congressman’s office noted. “ The project will use inclusive recruitment activities to promote equitable access to the project’s scholarships and support activities. A longitudinal study will be conducted to explore the effects of curricular and co-curricular activities on preparing students to enter the STEM workforce.”

“I am proud to support a project that will increase the number of highly-skilled, next-generation STEM professionals,” Lawson said. “This project will fund scholarships for up to 35 full-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engineering or computing science.”

The funds will be spread over five years until the end of November 2025.

First elected to Congress in 2016 after decades in the state Legislature, including leading Democrats in the Florida Senate, Lawson represents parts of North Florida with his district stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.


Reach Kevin Derby at Kevin served as an assistant registrar at Jacksonville University almost two decades ago. 


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