The White House will award $100 million in grants for partnerships between local schools, companies and community colleges or universities with the goal of helping students pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
Up to 40 awards will be given to STEM partnerships through the Youth CareerConnect competition intended to build up the students’ skills and education, the White House said Friday.
Danielle Carnival and Kumar Garg of the Office of Science and Technology Policy write participating schools and partners will collaborate to help address H1-B visa program shortages in STEM occupations.
Criteria for judging will be based on how the participants prepare and train a diverse student population on STEM programs.
The competition is intended to build on a joint initiative between OSTP and the White House Council on Women and Girls for women to gain access to STEM fields and to prepare them for future careers.