Winona Area Catholic Schools receives grant to support STEM education


The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today announced an educational grant of $5,000 for Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS) to support the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs offered to WACS students. Sen. Jeremy Miller participated during this virtual announcement with the school’s third and fourth grade classes.

PhRMA partnered with WACS to bring this vital funding to local students, which will encourage the student’s development of STEM skills. The grant will support the continuation of STEM learning activities, which have been impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, the school offered after-school STEM programming, including the popular Rube Goldberg creations. To ensure a safe learning environment, the school is providing take-home STEM kits that will be facilitated with the grant.

“STEM education is an essential tool to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Senator Miller. “Today’s learners will be tomorrow’s cancer or vaccine researchers, and these efforts to harness those ambitions is critically important.” 

“While we all face challenges due to the pandemic, we will continue to strive to offer forward thinking education programs in the field of STEM,” stated Pat Bowlin, principal of Winona Area Catholic Schools. “The funds provided by PhRMA will allow us to continue to encourage our students to explore STEM education even in a different learning environment.”

“PhRMA represents the country’s top biopharmaceutical research companies that allow the United States to be a leader in innovation, particularly in the fight to combat COVID-19. Programs like this are an excellent way for students to develop an interest in STEM careers. PhRMA is proud to support Winona Area Catholic Schools and their commitment to offering students quality STEM education opportunities,” said Nick McGee, senior director of public affairs for PhRMA.


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