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NCC will offer tech scholarships to lure women, minorities

Northampton Community
College will start offering scholarships to lure
low-income, minority and women students who are underrepresented in the
science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Two National Science Foundation grants totaling nearly
$700,000 will be devoted to addressing the shortages, NCC
President Arthur Scott announced Wednesday.

“The group that is most underrepresented … is women,
but there are also large gaps for African-Americans and for Hispanics in
specific majors,” college spokeswoman Heidi Butler said.

There are no black students in NCC’s
chemistry, chemical technology and math/physics programs, for example, Butler
said. But she said the potential for improvement is strong, “because we
have more minority students … than other colleges in the region. We’re two-thirds
women, and these are all underrepresented groups in this field.”

The college plans to award 54 scholarships over three years,
and use money from the NSF grants for outreach and academic support services
and mentoring for the students who are recruited.

Information from: The Express-Times,

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