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Grants Available for Students Participating in STEM Fairs, Camps and Competitions

October 06 2015 - 3:45 pm

News Release
For Immediate Release

October 6, 2015

Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center

Grants Available for Students Participating in STEM Fairs, Camps and Competitions
STEM Action Center opens bi-yearly student grant opportunity 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The Utah STEM Action Center Student Fairs, Camps and Competitions (FCC) Grant is now open. The grant is available to Utah K-12 students interested in participating in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related fairs, camps or competitions. Applications are due Friday, Oct 30 at midnight.

“We are so excited to announce the opening of this grant for the 2015-2016 school year,” says Dr. Tamara Goetz, executive director of the Utah STEM Action Center. “Each year this grant has allowed more and more students to get involved, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact it will have on Utah students in the upcoming year.”

The STEM Action Center FCC Grant encourages student participation in STEM-focused activities. Requests for funding should be based on what is required to participate or compete in the STEM activity, such as entrance fees, project materials and travel to and from the event.

The FCC Grant is a post-performance grant, meaning students and their mentors are reimbursed for approved expenses after the activity has taken place. Although there will be multiple solicitations of this grant throughout the 2015-2016 school year, students are only eligible for one award per grant year. Award notifications will be sent by Nov. 27, 2015.

Last year, the STEM Action Center awarded $391,000 to students through the FCC Grant, and approximately 2,400 Utah students were afforded new opportunities as a result. The 2014-2015 Student FCC grant saw an 82 percent increase in applications from the previous year. Fifty percent of the students awarded fell into the “first-time applicant” category.

To learn more and apply, visit


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as the premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811or

About the STEM Action Center

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.