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Georgia Power Donates $20,000 to Support STEM Initiatives

(Feb. 4, 2015) — Cathy Hill, vice president of Georgia Power’s Coastal Region, recently presented Armstrong State University president Dr. Linda M. Bleicken with a check for $20,000 from the Georgia Power Foundation to benefit the university’s College of Science and Technology and ongoing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. 

“Georgia Power is proud to support STEM initiatives at Armstrong, which prepare students for high-demand jobs,” said Hill, who also served as past chair of the Armstrong Foundation. 

Armstrong has a deep commitment to STEM education. In 2014, Armstrong was one of 123 nationwide to be named to the 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list by Victory Media and was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM Jobs magazine.

Two years ago, Armstrong’s Department of Biology received nearly $200,000 in funding from the NSF’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM grant program. Three years ago, the university received a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant of $1.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a unique scholarship program for STEM students to complete the Bachelor of Science degree and continue their studies at Armstrong to gain a Master of Teaching degree and become K-12 STEM teachers. 

For the past seven summers, Armstrong’s Engineering Studies Program, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of Savannah, has held two-week robotics summer workshops for young local students with funding from the Georgia Space Grant Consortium. Approximately 70 percent of the students who have attended through the years have gone on to STEM-based collegiate programs. Nearly 30 of those students enrolled in Armstrong to pursue STEM subjects.

“Armstrong’s College of Science and Technology has a strong history of providing undergraduates with hands-on research and internship opportunities,” said Bleicken. “Georgia Power’s generosity will help us continue to fulfill our ongoing mission to support student success in these important areas.”

Erik Leon

Erik Leon
Class of 2016
Computer Science
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina