West Virginia school teachers Gabrielle Rhodes and Brooke Scott have received Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education grants from FirstEnergy, the utility company announced Oct. 18.
"The projects funded by these grants help students discover different career paths in the STEM fields of study," said Holly Kauffman, president, FirstEnergy West Virginia Operations. "We remain committed to supporting our educators as they help our community flourish and grow and prepare students for future careers."
These grants are for teachers in FirstEnergy's Mon Power service territory.
The two teachers are both employed in Buckhannon schools, Rhodes at Upshur County Schools and Scott at Union Elementary School. The grants, up to $500 each, can be used for a variety of creative classroom projects, workshops and teacher development programs.
FirstEnergy's STEM grants are awarded to individual teachers and administrators at schools served by FirstEnergy's electric utility operating companies and where it has facilities. Grant recipients are recommended by local educators who make up the company's Educational Advisory Council. As part of the program, recipients must furnish a written summary and evaluation of their projects that can be shared with other educators in FirstEnergy's service area.
More than 1,000 STEM grants have been awarded by FirstEnergy to educators and youth group leaders since 1986.