Four Pulaski Technical College students and one recent PTC graduate have received scholarships to attend a new six-week summer institute designed to increase the number of minority students who complete degrees in science, technology, engineering and math - or STEM fields.
The program is sponsored by the Arkansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and funded by the National Science Foundation. Nearly 75 students from across the state are attending the six-week institute, which began June 14 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Each student receives free room and board during the six-week program. They will live in UAPB dorms and participate in math, computer, biology, chemistry and writing courses. They also will learn college survival skills, participate in recreational and professional development activities and visit four-year colleges and universities in the state. At the end of the camp, students receive a $1,200 stipend. In addition, they will receive an $800 scholarship each semester for two semesters at Pulaski Tech.
Pulaski Tech congratulates the following recipients:
- Brandon Boatner of Little Rock
- Steve Caradine of North Little Rock
- Jermaine Ivy of Little Rock
- Charles Jones of Little Rock
- PTC grad Kevin Holloway, who is serving as a camp mentor.
The summer institute is designed to help minority students, particularly recent high school students, make a seamless transition into college, and ultimately, to increase the pool of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree graduates in STEM disciplines in Arkansas' workforce. Pulaski Tech is one of eight participating schools in the alliance. Other participants include Arkansas State University, Philander Smith College, Southeast Arkansas College, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.