July 8, 2009
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded 18 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Texas universities and community colleges this year. The grants are allowing more than 1,800 students between ages 14 and 21 to attend summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The summer camps support initiatives by Gov. Rick Perry to prepare youth for future high-skill, high-demand jobs.
Supported by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Statewide Activity funds, the effort is part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers.
Texas Tech University, $42,105 – 40 scholarships for participants to gain experience in applying complex math applications in science, technology and engineering at Texas Tech University Women’s Summer Mathematics academies.