These 7 Memphis schools were just awarded STEM Grants from the TVA

What’s happening: Seven Memphis schools have been named recipients of the latest round of STEM Grants from the Tennessee Valley Authority. The grants are awarded to support educators in their efforts to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational projects throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Who Won: The grants are awarded in totals up to $5,000. Those winning schools in Memphis include Barret's Chapel School, Cordova Middle School, Jackson Elementary School, John P. Freeman Optional School, Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, Memphis Business Academy, and Newberry Elementary School. Check presentation ceremonies and a look at the schools’ STEM projects will be announced in the near-future.

Why it’s important: “Supporting education and ensuring students have a solid STEM background is critical to our children’s future no matter what career path they take,” says TVA Public and Community Engagement Program Manager Trina Gallman. “I am proud of the partnerships we have built to help these educators inspire their students through the STEM activities this program will provide.”

Big picture: The grants coming to Memphis are part of a much bigger program, which is awarding $1 million in STEM Grants to 238 successful applicants across seven states. The TVA offers the grants in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Inc. (BVI), a TVA retiree organization, and operates the program in partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network as managed by the Battelle organization. The program has awarded nearly $5 million in STEM Grants since 2018, impacting approximately 600,000 students across the Tennessee Valley.

What they’re saying: “TVA is focused on supporting clean-energy technologies and STEM education that helps today’s students develop the skills needed to work in these careers,” says Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “Innovation is the key to success, and it’s inspiring to contribute to the next generation’s visionaries."

Visit TVA STEM online to learn more about this program and how to apply for the next round when applications open in September 2023.