Niswonger Foundation receives $8 million federal grant focused on STEM education

December 20, 2020

Greeneville – Scott M. Niswonger, Chairman and Founder of the Niswonger Foundation announced the award of an “Education Innovation and Research” (EIR) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will focus on educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This five-year grant, with the required matching funds, will provide $8.8 million dollars to serve schools in 21 school districts, grades 6-12, in Northeast Tennessee. Niswonger stated: “It is gratifying to see the Niswonger Foundation, again, recognized on the “national stage” for our efforts in support of rural education and providing the best quality instruction for students in our region.”

The United States Department of Education selected 28 grant recipients based on recommendations from independent peer review panelist. The successful applications represented 17 states and the District of Columbia. The Niswonger Foundation was the only grant recipient in the state of Tennessee.

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