OXFORD, Miss. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority, working in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, a TVA retiree organization, is awarding more than $55,000 in grants to educators in Mississippi public schools to help develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects.
The competitive STEM classroom grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle Education, received more than 290 grant requests from across TVA’s seven-state service territory.
“This is the second year we offered this program to the entire Valley and we saw a major increase in grant applications this year,” said Rachel Crickmar with TVA’s Community Engagement program. “There is a demand in the Valley for workforce development through STEM education and I am proud of the way TVA and our retirees are responding to that demand.”
The grant program provides teachers at schools served by a TVA partner local power company an opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000. Preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving.
“We must invest in training Mississippians to equip them with the skills necessary for open jobs. And these jobs are changing,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. “The jobs that paid well 50 years ago, are not the jobs of today, and skilled trades are soaring. I applaud TVA for preparing the next generation of Mississippi workers for the jobs of the future.”
The Mississippi schools and projects awarded 2020 TVA STEM grants are:
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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