Trump Administration Offering $200M
in STEM and IT Study Grants
September 25, 2017
The Trump administration announced Monday that it would offer at least
$200 million in grant funding annually for programs that offer science,
technology, engineering, math (STEM), and particularly computer science
With 6 million job openings in the United States, administration
officials said it was making the pledge to extend computer science
education because of a skills gap.
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and an adviser to
the administration, said less than half of kindergarten through 12th
grade schools in the U.S. offer a single computer course. She plans to
head to Detroit on Tuesday with tech leaders from Microsoft, Code.org
“As a country we want to embrace innovation, but we need to plan for
it,” she said.
The grant program is not new. President Trump was expected to sign a
presidential memorandum on the program Monday at the White House,
directing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to prioritize STEM
education, with a focus on computer science, in existing competitive
grant programs. STEM education involves specific disciplines taught
together in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
announcement is expected to be followed Tuesday with pledges from
businesses, such as Google and Facebook.
Ivanka Trump noted that women make up 22 percent of the technology work
force, down from 35 percent in 1990. While designing their programs,
grant seekers should keep “gender and racial diversity in mind,” she
The program’s goal is to offer every student in the country access to
technology education, said a senior administration official.
“We want it to reach across the country,” said the official. “Certainly
that includes areas that are under-represented…We can't allow our
students to be left behind.”