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Thomas University one of six to receive NSF grant

Thomas University is one of six colleges and universities in a collaboration through the Yes We Must Coalition to receive a $4.4 million National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant. The grant, which will be shared by the six institutions, will fund student scholarships and enhance academic programming and advising for students majoring in biology.

For Thomas University, the grant will provide for scholarships of $6,000 each for a cohort of 18 students majoring in biology. Those scholarships are renewable for four years.

“The goal is to make it possible for low-income students to pursue a degree in biology without worrying about whether they will have the finances to finish that degree,” Deana Baker, Chair of the TU Division of Science, said. “We also want them to develop a sense of community and belonging at TU so they can take advantage of all TU and this grant have to offer.”

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be first-time freshmen, eligible for the federal Pell Grant, have an outstanding high school GPA and major in biology.

All six colleges and universities in the collaboration are part of the Yes We Must Coalition, a non-profit organization of 35 private colleges and universities with the mission of helping low-income students succeed in higher education. TU is one of the founding members of Yes We Must.

Other colleges and universities collaborating as part of the NSF grant along with TU include Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina; Mercy College in New York City; Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia; Keuka College in Keuka Park, New York; and College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Coker College will serve as the administrator of the grant.

In addition to scholarships at TU, the grant will also provide advising and mentoring for the participating students, hands-on research with faculty mentors, and preparation for graduate school. Scholarships recipients will also have the opportunity to work with other students involved in the grant program at the other consortium colleges and universities.

For more information about the NSF grant scholarships, contact or 844-862-6978.

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