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For Immediate Release (01-29)
Date: April 6, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Earns National Science Foundation Grant to Help Students Pursue Careers in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics

Montgomery College has won a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars grant that will enable academically talented but financially needy students to enter the high-technology workforce following completion of a baccalaureate or master’s degree in computer science, engineering, or mathematics.

The $269,904 grant will provide scholarships and reduce economic barriers to full-time enrollment at Montgomery College for up to 40 financially needy students majoring in engineering, computer science or mathematics for each of two years. These students will be provided with a challenging and supportive program that prepares them for majors in these areas at a four-year college. Selected students will participate in a paid internship program the summer before transferring to a four-year institution.

In addition to grade point average, selection criteria include a student essay and letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors or job supervisors who can address the applicant's potential to succeed in engineering, computer science or mathematics. Senior project team members include Montgomery College Dean Judy Ackerman and Professors Mary Kay Abbey and Donald Day.

The centerpiece of support services for the NSF scholars is an expanded, comprehensive mentoring program that will provide students with interdisciplinary faculty mentor teams from computer science, mathematics, engineering, and the basic sciences. This mentoring process will continue at the four-year institution, with a mentor from Montgomery College, during the student's first year of transfer.

Scholars will have many opportunities outside of the classroom to interact with their peers, faculty and business leaders. Throughout the grant, the College will develop pathways that lead to a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science or mathematics for students who start their college education at a community college.

For more information about the NSF grant, contact Robert Cullinane in Montgomery College's Grants Office at 240-567-7494.

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