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State awards YSU $1.6M for STEMM scholarships

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University has been awarded $1.6 million from the state to expand a scholarship program that supports students studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

About $1 million from the Ohio Department of Higher Education is earmarked for the new YSU Student Success in STEMM Careers program, which will support an estimated 125 new YSU students over five years. The money will support about 225 students overall.

The new student success grant provides scholarships of $3,000 to $3,200 for YSU students in STEMM programs, including advanced, additive and digital manufacturing; computer engineering / technology; STEMM-integrated education; the YSU-BaccMed Consortium; undergraduate nursing; or actuarial science and financial mathematics, according to the university.

Included in the program is a monthlong mathematics training for high school students at YSU; recruitment of STEMM-talented students, especially from underrepresented populations; faculty and professionally mentored student research teams that present their research at peer-reviewed conferences, with some publishing in peer-reviewed journals or applying for patents; academic oversight and support with private tutors; and work experience pathways. YSU has received the grant since 2008.

Applications for the Summer Bridge and on-campus scholarship programs can be found at the YSU Choose Ohio First website.

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