Bellarmine University and U.S. Third District Representative John Yarmuth announced Sept. 17 that new federal funding will provide $600,000 for scholarships that promote studies in chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to a news release from the university, the federal funds will allow Bellarmine to award 20 scholarships to students each year for the next four years. The level of scholarship assistance will be determined by the student’s financial need, the release said.
“This grant allows some of the area’s brightest young minds in chemistry, physics, math and technology to study those subjects as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education at Bellarmine, and to find jobs in the community after they graduate,” said Bellarmine’s president, Dr. Joseph J. McGowan.
“We’re grateful to the National Science Foundation for approving this grant, and I’m very appreciative of Congressman Yarmuth’s ongoing work to ensure the federal government continues to invest in higher education.”
The goal of the funding, according to the Bellarmine release, is to increase the number of students at the university studying the areas of science and math previously mentioned. The scholarships will also help the university provide assistance to what the release called “underrepresented groups such as women and minorities.”
This school year, Bellarmine enrolled 120 students majoring in the mentioned disciplines, which are a part of the broader liberal arts curriculum of the university.