Newport News and Hampton school districts could get a boost after funds were allocated to the College of William and Mary.
W&M is set to receive nearly $1.2 million to recruit and educate students to become secondary mathematics and science teachers in area schools.
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine made the announcement Monday, saying the funding is to recruit science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM — students.
The students will fill a national need for secondary math and science teachers.
Through the project and funding, William & Mary aims to place 33 new teachers in six “high-need” school districts including Williamsburg-James City County; Gloucester, New Kent and York counties; and the cities of Newport News and Hampton.
“This critical funding will support the recruitment of math and science teachers to six high need school districts,” the senators said in a joint statement Monday. “Enhancing STEM education is a critical priority, and we are thrilled that William & Mary students and the National Science Foundation are partnering with schools in the local community to pursue this important endeavor.”
The funds were awarded by the National Science Foundation and will fuel scholarships and stipends to encourage STEM students to pursue a career in education. The project encourages the students to connect with and work in diverse communities.