|NCCU alumnus Stephen Allsop; Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the N.C. GSK Foundation and Chancellor Nelms|
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) announces a grant of $1.5 million from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for science and math student scholarships and program enhancements. The grant will assist NCCU in its efforts to increase the number of women and minority students who graduate with a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) degree and pursue STEM careers.
The funding will underwrite scholarship support for four years for 40 STEM majors, along with student and faculty support services. Students will be assigned peer, faculty and professional mentors according to their goals and interests. They will take part in a learning community, live together in dedicated residential space and obtain professional internship experiences each summer. The grant will help to fund a new staff person to coordinate this program and recruit professionals to serve as mentors and provide internships.
“The intention is to surround these students with faculty and staff who demonstrate a passion and commitment to science education that will help carry them through these challenging programs,” said Chancellor Charlie Nelms. “We are so grateful to the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for enabling us to differentiate and enhance our STEM programming in a way that benefits our students and faculty.”
Marilyn Foote-Hudson, executive director of the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation said, “At the NC GSK Foundation, we have a long history of furthering science education. We are especially proud that this funding will encourage women and minorities to successfully pursue STEM studies and careers.”
In addition to the recent award of $1.5 million to develop and implement a multi-year educational program to support STEM majors, NCCU has received the following grants from the NC GSK Foundation:
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Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans. Today, this dynamic campus has a diverse student body of 8,300 enrolled in academic programs including law, biotechnology, library science, business, nursing, education and the arts. Visit us at www.nccu.edu.
About the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation:
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is an independent, self-funding nonprofit incorporated in 1986. To date, the Foundation has approved $58.4 million to support programs in North Carolina that help to meet the educational needs of today's society and of future generations. Follow us on Twitter @NCGSKFound.
IT’S NOT WHERE YOU’RE FROM BUT WHO YOU WANT TO BE
By Stephen Allsop
April 26, 2012
Stephen Allsop, 2010 graduate in biology, was invited back to speak at the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation announcement of a grant of $1.5 million for STEM education at NCCU. Stephen is a joint M.D./Ph.D. student at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Here is his blog post for the day.
My first class at Harvard Medical School was The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine. I was comfortable with the content and the lecture material. I felt well prepared and on the same playing field as students from the Ivy League campuses. The key is that the wealth of knowledge available to a student at NCCU is the same wealth of knowledge available to a student from Harvard or Stanford. If you want to learn, the opportunity is there.
It’s all about your desire to learn and your capacity to learn, rather than what school you’re from. The academic atmosphere is all about expectations. For any student anywhere, if the attitude is “I just want to pass,” then he or she will get just what they expect. No matter where you go, you have to apply yourself.
For me, my decision to come to NCCU was a financial decision. I was a Chancellor’s Scholar with a full scholarship, laptop and a small stipend. That was what made the difference for me.
Knowing what I know now, would I make the same decision? Yes, definitely. The level of mentorship and nurturing that I received here set the stage for me to go anywhere and be successful. My experiences outside the classroom were formative too. I enjoyed playing tennis as a part of the Division I team and I had the opportunity to study jazz music with great faculty that further developed my piano playing. While in medical school, I’ve made time to play with local choirs and jazz soloists. I loved the culture here at NCCU.