The Citadel has received a five-year grant worth $593,250 to support its civil and environmental engineering department.
The National Science Foundation award will provide undergraduate scholarships to “outstanding, but socioeconomically disadvantaged, minority and female students in South Carolina,” according to a news release from the college.
Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel said, “By supporting students with real financial need who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), we are helping create the workforce that South Carolina needs for the 21st century, consistent with what Gov. Nikki Haley is advocating as a priority for higher education.”
According to the grant abstract, the program will provide 23 scholarships over a four-year period.
The grant will directly impact the engineering department’s new STEM Center of Excellence, Rosa said, as the first major financial commitment to the center, which was launched in 2010.
The grant follows the Raytheon Scholars program, which was established in 2008 with a $500,000 gift from the Raytheon Corp. to provide scholarship support for minority and female students studying STEM disciplines at The Citadel.
Citadel professors Kevin C. Bower, W. Jeffrey Davis and Jane Warner will direct the grant program. Scholarship recipients will receive mentoring and academic support from campus leaders as well as Lowcountry engineering professionals during their four years at The Citadel and after graduation, the college said.