TVA awards over 100 grants to several tri-state area schools for education project development

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Bethany Butler, a Tennessee Valley Authority transmission line engineer, discusses line tension during the STEM summer enrichment program at the TVA headquarters on Tuesday, June 13, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Eleven schools in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama are among those receiving grants from the Tennessee Valley Authority to help develop science, technology, engineering and math education projects.

The TVA, in partnership with the company's retiree organization Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated, announced the recipients of the total $600,000 in grants to educators in public schools, according to a news release.

The competitive STEM classroom grant program is operated in partnership with Battelle Education. TVA received more than 290 grant requests from across the agency's seven-state service territory.

The program gives teachers the opportunity to apply for funding up to $5,000. Preference was given to grant applications that explored TVA's primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development and community problem solving, according to the release.

In total, 142 grants were awarded.

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