A college in the Hudson Valley is the recipient of more than $1.4 million in funding for a scholarship program for prospective math and science teachers.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced the National Science Foundation funding for Westchester County-based Mercy College. The funding will support the development and launch of the “Mercy Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative”, a five-year program that provides scholarships for students to receive training in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the middle- and high- school levels. Lowey says that as the demand for students with backgrounds in STEM continues to grow, so does the need the for world-class STEM educators. Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, is partnering on the initiative with public schools in Yonkers, Tarrytown, and Ossining, along with Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, Westchester Community College, Bronx Community College, and Rockland Community College.