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July 31, 2008



Trinity University to Offer FAST Student Grants for Science and Technology Majors


SAN ANTONIO – The National Science Foundation has awarded $600,000 to Trinity University to establish Financial Aid for Science and Technology (FAST) grants for an estimated 44 students who plan to major in a range of science and technology subjects.


Each recipient of the FAST Student Grant Program will receive up to $4,600 per academic year to offset need-based loans at Trinity. Eligibility will be determined by guidelines of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program, and many students will be able to renew the award for all four of their college years. The program is designed to benefit, but is not limited to, first-generation college students from diverse backgrounds.


Applications also will be accepted from existing Trinity students and a limited number of transfer students from the Alamo Community College District, said Michelle M. Bushey, professor of chemistry and one of three project directors. “We are seeking to increase the diversity of students who major in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields,” she said. “The idea is to make a Trinity education more economically feasible for eligible students demonstrating academic promise.”


The other Trinity professors leading the effort are Dennis W. Ugolini, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Wilson Terrell Jr., assistant professor of engineering science. The grant was announced earlier this month for students entering Trinity in the fall of 2009. It will remain in effect through Dec. 31, 2012.


Participating students will have access to a variety of academic support, including faculty advising, peer tutoring, and career counseling. Trinity also will offer additional resources and alumni support to first-generation and low-income students in the program. Some FAST grant awardees can also apply for the McNair Scholars Program to pursue one-on-one research with a faculty advisor, and students can share their experiences as a tutor and mentor to high school students through Trinity’s Upward Bound program.


The FAST grant is available to qualified students seeking to major in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science, geosciences, mathematics, and physics.    


Because Trinity has a strong record of placing students into quality graduate programs the FAST student grants program will not only provide first-generation college students access to a Trinity education, it also will increase the likelihood that these students will pursue post-graduate degrees, program directors said.  


For more information, contact Trinity’s Office of Financial Aid at 210-999-8315 or by e-mail at


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