Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Announces Nearly $5 Million in NSF Funding to Help STEM Students at BCC and Lehman College

Aug 29, 2018
Press Release
Serrano Oversees NSF Funding And Has Pushed Agency to Help Underrepresented Groups Enter STEM Careers

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano today announced that Bronx Community College (BCC) has been awarded $4,999,921 in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their “Developing a Growth Mindset Model to Build Resiliency in STEM Students” project. The grant comes from The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, which supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students in STEM fields with demonstrated financial need.  This project will be administered by Bronx Community College and will also serve Lehman College, both Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the City University of New York system. It will fund 575 scholarships for 10 groups of students who are pursuing associate degrees at Bronx Community College and baccalaureate degrees at Lehman College across STEM fields. The scholarship will provide students with the necessary support to foster a successful educational journey in fields that are typically not sought after by individuals of low-income backgrounds.

“With this federal grant we are investing in the future of our communities. This grant will provide students in the Bronx with the tools and access to successfully attain an education in various STEM fields. As the Ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NSF and this initiative, I have focused on expanding STEM opportunities to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in these career paths. Minorities continue to make up a small percentage of the STEM workforce in our country, which is a lost opportunity for employers, students, and our nation.  We need to support the best and the brightest from all communities and this grant will help bridge the gap,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

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Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.  He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.