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HBCU’s Receive $4.5 Million Grant from Intel for STEM Expansion

‘It’s going to support 25 two-year fellowships for students, and it’s going to allow us to start a one-year professional master’s program.’

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According to the 2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the number of jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are soon going to increase.

As a result, HBCU’s are adapting their curriculum and offerings. Intel has already invested $4.5 million into the efforts. Morgan University is one of six HBCU’s to be awarded a portion of the grant. They received a share of $750,000.

Michael Spencer, dean of the School of Engineering, said in an interview with WBALTV, “It’s going to support 25 two-year fellowships for students at Morgan, and it’s going to allow us to start a one-year professional master’s program.”

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Students on campus are excited about the changes being made. Rico Clark, an engineering student at Morgan University, sad, “It’s a good feeling to receive some extra help. HBCU’s do fall short on funding from time to time, so the fact that Intel is giving us extra money, it’s really going to help out the program here.”

Intel has also awarded the portions of the grant to Florida A&M, Tuskegee University, Howard, North Carolina A&T, and Prairie View A&M.

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