SOURCE: Pine Manor College

Pine Manor College

March 29, 2012 12:41 ET

Pine Manor College Awarded $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Support Women Studying Biology

20 Pine Manor Students to Receive Scholarships

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Mar 29, 2012) - Pine Manor College announced today it is the recipient of a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will provide 20 Pine Manor biology students with targeted educational support, research opportunities and financial aid, enabling them to continue their studies and enter the workforce or pursue graduate degrees.

"We're proud of this partnership with the National Science Foundation and its decision to invest in Pine Manor's students," said Dr. Alane Shanks, president of Pine Manor College. "This grant is really a tribute to the outstanding work of our students and faculty."

In 2008, the National Science Foundation awarded Pine Manor a grant of more than $570,000 to help educate the first 20 BioScholars. Building on this success, with the 2012 grant, Pine Manor will select 20 new students during the next two years.

"We believe this program makes a real difference in the lives of these students and allows women to pursue careers in science after receiving the excellent education Pine Manor offers," President Shanks said. "Each year, a number of promising biology students lack the resources to stay in school and graduate. Our experience with this program has taught us that access plays a crucial role in helping students continue to graduation and beyond."

Each participant will receive a scholarship up to a maximum of $10,000 annually. This scholarship support will continue for the BioScholars through to graduation.

The students will also be enrolled in an Honors Colloquium in Biology, a senior research internship, and workshops to help them obtain graduate school admission and/or life sciences employment. Biology and math tutors will also work with the BioScholars.

Pine Manor College, one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, is celebrating its centennial this year.

About Pine Manor College
Pine Manor College is a private, affordable four-year liberal arts college dedicated to preparing women for roles of inclusive leadership and social responsibility in their workplaces, families and communities. The College consistently ranks among the most diverse B.A. liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to US News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. Pine Manor College is located in Chestnut Hill, Mass., five miles from Boston.

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