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NSF Awards More than $80,000 in STEM Scholarships to ASU Students

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Author: Ryan Sellers, student writer

Release Date: Sep 25, 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $80,000 in academic scholarships ASU students who are majoring in STEM disciplines.

Alabama State University students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines recently learned that they have been awarded scholarships for the current academic year.

As part of a grant from the National Science Foundation, scholarships totaling $80,480 have been awarded to 33 students. This is the third consecutive year that ASU has received the grant.

Dr. Manoj Mishra, an associate professor of biology, serves as a principal investigator, while Elijah Nyairo, instructor of chemistry, and Rick Drake, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, serve as co-principal investigators.

Mishra said the grant will go a long way toward helping students complete their education.

“This grant will help in increasing the graduation and retention rates at ASU in STEM disciplines such as biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics and computer science,” Mishra said.

Krystal Hall, a senior computer information systems major from Midway, Ala., said receiving the scholarship has reduced financial pressures, which will ultimately improve her grades.

"Not having enough money to finish your degree can be very stressful,” Hall said. “Being a part of the STEM program and receiving this scholarship was truly a blessing. It also has helped to cover my financial needs so that I can stay in school and finish my degree.”

To qualify for the scholarship, students were required to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and complete an application package that included their research interests and career goals.

In addition to Hall, the following students were awarded scholarships:

  • LaChanee Davis
  • Chantai Harris
  • Kristal Hooks
  • Courtney Oliver
  • Kaneisha Gaston
  • Danchel Boone
  • Jadacia Ponder
  • Anterria Nealy
  • Maria Jones
  • Sadaf Gul
  • Nia Perkins
  • Dia Dealney
  • Raya Ward
  • Briana Toney
  • William Lewis
  • Donna Thomas
  • Brandon Collins
  • Kawanna Cannon
  • Zain Abidin
  • Uriel Rose
  • Erica Ware
  • Larry Baldwin III
  • Cadedra Price
  • Julianna Sanders
  • Devonte Haralson
  • Haley Jackson
  • Nakia Cross
  • Amber Hendon
  • Marquovias Walker
  • Ashley Ellis
  • Chapman Wilson Jr.
  • Christian Lee

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