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UTSA Awarded $1 Million Grant To Help Increase Diversity In Computer Science

Students take a study break during finals week on the main campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio Dec. 11, 2017.
File Photo |Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio
Students take a study break during finals week on the main campus of The University of Texas at San Antonio Dec. 11, 2017.

The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a million dollar grant to provide computer science scholarships to women and students of color.

The five-year $999,350 grant from the National Science Foundation allows UTSA to award student scholarships of up to $10,000 a year based on financial need.

Associate computer science professor Turgay Korkmaz, the grant’s program director, said the goal is to increase diversity in science and technology careers.

“Helping high achieving but financially disadvantaged students to join the workforce and close the gaps is going to be a great contribution to the country, and them as well,” Kortmaz said.

The UTSA scholarship program also includes tutoring and faculty mentorship to help students succeed.

The program is currently accepting applications, and plans to award the first 10 scholarships this fall.

Camille Phillips can be reached at Camille@tpr.org or on Twitter @cmpcamille