Spartanburg schools receive grant for STEM teachers.


Students at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Spartanburg Community College pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or math education can get a head start on their careersthanks to a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program.

The five-year grant will extend $11,688 in scholarship money to 21 junior-level USC Upstate students studying secondary education and chemistry, biology or mathematics under a school initiative called "Bridging Pathways for the Preparation of Highly Qualified Mathematics and Science Teachers," according to a news release from USC Upstate.

"We believe these experiences will act as a catalyst for additional STEM majors to seriously consider the teaching profession," Stephen Bismarck, associate professor of secondary mathematics education at USC Upstate and principal investigator for the project, said in the release. "This opportunity will allow these highly qualified teachers to enter the profession with little to no debt."

Noyce Scholars at both colleges will intern with middle and high school students through the program. Participating schools include Dorman High School and High Point Academy, but any Spartanburg school district can participate in the program, according to the release.

At USC Upstate, 10 students will kick off the program in July 2021, followed by 11 the following year. The grant, implemented in October, may also go toward internship stipends, conference travel expenses and team member compensation.

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