06/26/2007

Health Sciences Technology Academy Receives Grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Grant to sponsor technology needs of students in Kanawha County

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s premier program to increase the number of young people entering health science professions, the Health Sciences Technology Academy, received funding from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. 

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation awarded the Health Sciences Technology Academy (HSTA) a $4,000 grant to allow the purchase of specialized calculators and training to so that students may become proficient in ACT/SAT test taking and use of applications needed in higher-level math and science courses.  HSTA students from traditionally underserved and underrepresented backgrounds in  Kanawha County will receive their own specialized calculators and application training.  

“We are very thankful to receive funds from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Their investment will allow us to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in their academic endeavors leading to health professions,” said Steve Starks, Chair of the HSTA Joint Governing Board. 

HSTA was initiated in 1994 with the help of the Kellogg Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Since its creation, more than 700 students have successfully completed HSTA’s rigorous requirements.  Ninety-six percent (96%) of HSTA students go on to college, as compared to 56% of their peers.  HSTA is located in 26 counties across West Virginia. It assists 9th - 12th grade high school students from low-income, first-generation college going, minority, and rural backgrounds with educational enrichment in math and science, and with summer on-campus experiences at West Virginia University, Marshall University, and West Virginia State University. 

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s grant will provide assistance to Kanawha County students starting this fall. “Our commitments to the Kanawha Valley include both health and education. The HSTA program is a good fit,” said Becky Ceperly, CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.   

For more information about HSTA, please call 304-293-1651. 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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