A project led by Miami University is one of nine collaborations awarded funding in the second round of the State of Ohio's Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. The program is the state's premier model for recruiting and retaining Ohio residents in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STEM education fields. Miami's collaboration shares $2.747 million in Choose Ohio First funds, part of $50 million invested in the scholarship program.
Round two awards were announced by Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut on June 26.
Miami's program focuses on investing in quality education for K-12 STEM education teachers with a goal of attracting and graduating more than 150 STEM education students over a 5-year period. Scholarship recipients will be engaged in teaching experiences and professional learning communities that will support their experiences as student teachers.
The program will recruit underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged student populations to the STEM education field. It will also provide assistance in critical transition periods in the early years of the teaching profession by providing continuing education coursework and assistance.
Miami, the lead institution for "Improving STEM Teacher Preparation: A Long Term Investment," is partnering with Cleveland State University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Owens Community College and the University of Toledo along with 15 school districts, Equistar Chemical Company, Givaudan Flavors Corporation and Procter & Gamble Co.
For more information about the Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program, go to http://universitysystem.ohio.gov/chooseohio1st/.