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WCU Wins Engineering and Technology Education Grant

June 13, 2014
Western Carolina University

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $625,000 to Western Carolina University for a project designed to boost the number of students pursuing degrees in engineering and technology fields as part of an effort to address a growing need for more American scientists and engineers.

The four-year grant in the amount of $625,179 will provide academic and financial support to engineering and engineering technology students at WCU through a project called Scholarship Program Initiative via Recruitment, Innovation and Transformation, or SPIRIT.

SPIRIT represents a focused approach to the recruitment, retention, education and placement of engineering and technology students who have demonstrated both academic talent and financial need, said Chip Ferguson, associate professor of engineering and technology and associate dean of WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

Read more about WCU's grant from the National Science Foundation.