Lamar University received $179,844 in grants for 100 scholarships for three residential camps, including gO WEST, gO SETX and LAMP, which will give students the chance to participate in STEM lab activities related to mechanical, chemical, industrial and civil engineering; learn skills in drafting, construction measurement and woodworking; and increase the mathematical talent of underserved high school students.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded 14 grants totaling nearly $1 million to Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The grants are allowing 1,200 students between ages 14 and 21 to attend camps which help to prepare youth for future high-skill, high-demand jobs.

“These camps offer students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in math and science inside and outside of the classroom,” Governor Rick Perry said. “As the global economy continues to evolve and technology gets more sophisticated and essential every day, students need to have these building blocks as they prepare for the workplace of the future.”

Administered by TWC, the effort is part of the Governor’s Summer Merit Program, which aims to inspire Texas youth to pursue STEM-related careers. “TWC is pleased to support these STEM camps that help Texas’ future workforce discover new areas of interest that can lead to high-demand careers,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “These camps enhance our students’ competence in STEM, positioning them for future success in a number of industries all across Texas.”