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Contributed Photo / EPB and TVA recently presented a $2,500 STEM grant to Chattanooga Central High School. From left are: Chari Buckner of TVA; Kelvin Boyd of EPB; Central High students Ethan Taylor, Jaylin Collins and Erielle Hilt; Central High teacher Nathan Dawson and CHS Principal Phil Iannarone.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with EPB and Bicentennial Volunteers Inc. (a TVA retiree organization), have awarded 10 schools in the Chattanooga area with $36,000 in STEM grants. This year TVA awarded $800,000 in grants to nearly 200 schools across TVA's seven-state service territory, impacting more than 72,000 students.

The competitive STEM grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle, received more than 600 grant applications. Teachers could apply for up to $5,000. Preference was given to applications that explored TVA's primary areas of focus: environment, energy, economic and career development, and community problem solving, as well as pandemic related projects.

"TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help develop today's students into tomorrow's engineers, scientists and IT professionals," said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer.

Scottie Summerlin

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