February 06, 2019

Cortez Masto Applauds $1 Million to Invest in Engineering Students and Diversify STEM Workforce

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) welcomed a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support 32 high-achieving students from low-income families pursuing engineering degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program aims to expand access to engineering education and diversify the STEM workforce.

“Future leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics should reflect the populations they serve. This $1 million grant supports some of Nevada’s brightest minds and expands access to quality resources that bridge the opportunity gap for low-income students. I’m committed to investing in every student in Nevada, regardless of zip code, so that they have every opportunity to succeed and receive the education necessary for the 21st century jobs of the future. I look forward to seeing their achievements, and I thank the University of Nevada, Reno for supporting this cohort of 32 promising students and providing them the education they need for success.”


The National Science Foundation’s Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program invests in two cohorts of 16 students with demonstrated financial need at the University of Nevada, Reno. The program’s outcomes inform future strategies for recruitment and retention of low-income, high-achieving students studying engineering. These scholarships provide educational enrichment opportunities like academic boot camps, monthly seminars, undergraduate research and international exchange programs so students are poised to dominate jobs of the future.