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TVA Partnership Awards Record $1.5 Million in STEM Grants to Local Schools

Nov 27, 2023
  • $1.5 million in grants awarded to 343 schools across seven states.
  • Record number of applications received.
  • Complete list of grant recipients here.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Inc., a TVA retiree organization, is awarding a record $1.5 million in grants to educators in schools to develop science, technology, engineering, and math education projects across the Tennessee Valley region.

“TVA is committed to supporting schools and educators who are inspiring an interest in STEM education in students across our seven-state region, as we know our young people will design and build the energy systems of the future,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “Providing resources and access to STEM education is key to inspiring innovation and interest. We’re proud to invest in the next generation’s visionaries.”

The competitive STEM classroom grant program is operated in partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network managed by the Battelle organization. The program received 715 grant applications this year, and 343 were selected for funding. Since 2018, TVA/BVI has provided nearly $6.5 million in STEM grants supporting over 600,000 students.

“Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc. has a reputation for giving back to the community. BVI is proud to partner with TVA in empowering teachers to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” said Kathy Black, president of BVI. “We believe that by enriching their educational experiences, we are helping create lifelong learners and building the workforce of tomorrow.”

Grants are awarded to meet the diverse needs of local communities. For example, Westhills Elementary School in Lewisburg, Tennessee—served by Lewisburg Electric System—will use its grant on a project titled “Is It Hot or Not.” Students will conduct an investigation to demonstrate how thermal energy moves among objects through radiation, conduction, or convection using thermal cameras and infrared thermometers.

At Murphy High School in Murphy, North Carolina, served by Murphy Electric Power Board, students will engage in real world and hands-on gene therapy techniques. By allowing the students to sequence genomes, they will be able to compare and contrast the genetic banding to determine with relative accuracy the probability of inheritable traits.

Grants up to $5,000 were awarded in a competitive process, and preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA’s primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic development, and community problem-solving. Any school that receives their power from a local power company served by TVA was eligible to apply.

A full list of the grant recipients can be found at

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving 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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