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By Melissa Krause [email protected]
A new K-12 grant program rolled out Tuesday by Statoil is designed to help ensure educators continue their investment in science, technology, engineering and math education, popularly known as STEM.
In a partnership with the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation, Statoil allocated $50,000 to create the Statoil STEM Education Fellowship program. Of that, $35,000 will be invested into educators this year through a competitive application process.
“It’s been good to work for a company like Statoil that sees STEM as being a large part of sustainability for the oil field but for all industries within the Williston Basin,” Kent Evans, Statoil’s Bakken Regional Manager, said. “Communities are a big part of who Statoil is. We believe investing into educators will pay dividends for students, schools, communities and everyone involved.”
Five applications were received for the first year and four were selected that best supported the grants professional development guidelines, according to Ward Koeser, board president of NWND Community Foundation. Each of those received funding, with the largest getting $15,000.