Senate approves Sinema-backed bill strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Arizona

Pictured: Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9).(Photo: sinema.house.gov)

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Funding provided for 16 Minority Serving Institutions and four Tribal Colleges and Universities

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Office of Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9)

The US. Senate approved a bipartisan bill backed by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema that renews Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) funding for several Arizona institutions.

“Strengthening STEM education equips Arizona students for the jobs of the future,” said Sinema.

The Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act provides funding for 16 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and four Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in Arizona. The bipartisan legislation provides funding that improves Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs; expands research opportunities; and provides services like counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.

Sinema’s work in the Senate involves expanding opportunity and increasing affordability of education for Arizona students. Earlier this year, Sinema introduced the bipartisan Student Loan Tax Elimination Act that eliminates federal student loan origination fees, lessening the burden on students borrowing from college. Sinema also helped secure a $2.5 million grant to Arizona State University, a Minority Serving Institution, to reduce textbook costs for students and their families.

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