Bowie State grant aimed at training blacks in sciences

September 29, 1995|By David Folkenflik | David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF

Bowie State University officials plan to announce today that the school will receive $7.8 million during the next five years under a federal program to bolster the training of black scientists and engineers.

The award, paid for by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is the largest single grant in the university's history.

"It's an institutional reform program," said Nagi T. Wakim, chairman of the school's computer science department. "It gives us a chance to do what we do, but do it better, and do more interesting things."

The grant will enable the university to give annual scholarships to 50 students of up to $15,000. NASA officials said they intend to involve Bowie students with Goddard Space Flight Center.

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