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5 Metro Atlanta colleges join organization to increase minority STEM majors

5 Metro Atlanta colleges join organization to increase minority STEM majors

ATHENS, Ga. -- Seven colleges and universities in Georgia are making strides toward increasing the numbers of minority students interested in STEM disciplines.

The schools are part of an organization known as the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), a collaborative effort to reach underrepresented minorities and encourage them to pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The University of Georgia is the lead institution for Peach State LSAMP. Four more of the schools are in Metro Atlanta: Georgia Tech, Georgia Perimeter College, Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

Other participating institutions include Ft. Valley State University near Warner Robins, and Savannah State University.

Atlanta-area Simon Malls Raise Over $100,000 for Simon Youth Foundation Educational Initiatives

Atlanta-area Simon Malls Raise Over $100,000 for Simon Youth Foundation Educational Initiatives

 

Atlanta-area Simon Malls Raise More Than $100,000 for Simon Youth Foundation in Annual Bowling for Education Event

Generous donations from J.J. Morley, Dixie Electric, Cannon Roofing and others help raise funds to support students’ continuing public education

 

KSU student wins memorial scholarship

KSU student wins memorial scholarship

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- When Judy Johnson, an employee of the Cherokee County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA), passed away in 2009, a scholarship was created in her memory.

Now, a Woodstock High School alumnus has received the $1,000 gift named for her.

Cory Locatelli, the 2011 recipient, is majoring in photography at Kennesaw State University. He plans to put the Judy Johnson Memorial Scholarship toward his tuition.

Every year, the scholarship is awarded to a child or grandchild of a CCSNA member. Recipients must be good students and have records of community service.

CCSNA holds fundraisers and accepts donations for the scholarship every year.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

KSU breaks ground on new $26M dorm

KSU breaks ground on new $26M dorm

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State University has broken ground on a new $26 million dorm.

The groundbreaking Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the suburban Atlanta university becoming a residential campus with student housing. The apartment-style dorm is expected to open in August 2012 with 450 beds.

Each apartment will feature four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a kitchen, washer and dryer, balcony and wireless Internet.

Once the dorm opens, the university will have 3,500 beds and nearly 15 percent of students living on campus. Kennesaw State has about 24,000 students enrolled.

LEGO competition to award Star Wars Death Star set

LEGO competition to award Star Wars Death Star set

KENNESAW, Ga. -- North Cobb Christian School will host a LEGO Building Competition where one lucky participant will win a coveted LEGO Star Wars Death Star set.

On Friday, Oct. 14, children in 4th, 5th and 6th grades are invited to attend a competition at the school. All entrants will receive basic LEGO sets for participating, and the first three builders at each grade level to accurately complete a building assignment will advance to the final round for the chance to win the Death Star set.

There is only space for 50 children from each grade level and spots are filling up fast.

To sign up, call Mark Justice at 678-355-3124 or email Ben Carr at bcarr@ncchristian.org.

The competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14. North Cobb Christian School is located at 4500 Lakeview Drive in Kennesaw.

Students Learn About Bees-Up Close and Personal

Students Learn About Bees-Up Close and Personal