February 21, 2024

Lt. Governor Howie Morales encourages pre-K – 12th grade public, private and tribal schools to apply for up to $1,000 to support STEM-related activities for students by the March 15, 2024, deadline.

(Santa Fe, NM)– The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has opened the application period for the third annual Lt. Governors’ STEM Scholarship Program, sponsored by ACT, to award up to $1,000 to 12 schools nationally to support STEM-related activities for youth. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2024, with award recipients announced and funded in Spring 2024.

“As a parent, a former classroom teacher for a decade, and now as Lt. Governor, I understand and value the importance of STEM Education in our pre-K – 12 schools,” said Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales. “This Scholarship Program supports STEM-related activities in schools that are critical to building long-term passion for STEM-related fields, and building New Mexico’s workforce of tomorrow.”

NLGA will award twelve scholarships to twelve schools in twelve different states and territories, worth $10,000 total. The Scholarship Program is administered by NLGA, the nonpartisan, nonprofit association for the nation’s seconds-in-command, and sponsored by ACT, the education and career readiness nonprofit.

“ACT is proud to once again sponsor this program,” ACT CEO Janet Godwin said. “ACT data shows that the current state of STEM readiness is cause for serious concern. ACT is uniquely poised to meet this moment, and working alongside NLGA, we are committed to ensuring that all students leave high school prepared to enter a world of evolving postsecondary and work opportunities, including through access to a high-quality STEM education.”

All public, private, and tribal schools in the 50 states and five U.S. territories are invited to apply at nlga.awardsplatform.com. Funding will be awarded to schools to support STEM-related activities, programming, curriculum, equipment, and other expenses.

“The need for increased educational opportunities in STEM is non-partisan and an area of consensus for the nation’s lieutenant governors,” said NLGA Executive Director Julia Brossart. “NLGA has adopted STEM Education as a pillar of work for the association on behalf of Members, who know the importance of educating students in STEM to prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Applications will be reviewed in Spring 2024 with award winners announced at the NLGA Spring Meeting in late April 2024. Additional information on the STEM Scholarship Program, including instructions for applying, can be found at https://nlga.us/strategies/nlga-state-strategies-in-stem/.