Versacare Opens Applications for 2020 STEM Awards

August 22, 2019 | Education

Versacare has announced it will award $1 million in 2020 for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants to qualifying Adventist primary and secondary schools across the North American Division.

The 2020 STEM grant program is open to all NAD local conference or church-sponsored primary or secondary schools, except for those schools that received a Versacare STEM grant in 2018 or 2019.

The funding categories are as follows:

  • $5,000 for schools of three or fewer classrooms;
  • $10,000 for schools of four or more classrooms;
  • $10,000 for senior academies.

The deadline to apply is December 31, 2019. Applications are via the Versacare website. Applicants will be prompted to provide three items of documentation to satisfy IRS grant funding eligibility:

  • A list of current school board members;
  • Last year’s financial statement;
  • A copy of the school’s board approved technology plan.

Among the many uses of STEM funds are the purchase of classroom SMART boards, providing tablets or laptops for student use, equipping or updating student computer labs, installing 3D printers and related software, initiating or funding robotics programs, instructing in software coding, equipping science labs, and more. Visit versacare.org/application-guidelines-stem/ to apply for a STEM grant or to learn more about Versacare’s 2020 STEM grant program.

Next year will be Versacare’s fifth successive year funding STEM grants. To date, Versacare has provided 229 schools with a total of $1,830,000 in STEM funding.