The Tennessee Valley Authority, in partnership with Bicentennial Volunteers Inc., a TVA retiree organization, presented three local schools Stem Grant checks Thursday at Morristown Utilities prior to the start of their monthly board meeting.

The yearly grant program provides funds to develop science, technology, engineering and math education projects for public schools across the Tennessee Valley.

TVA representatives, Chris Quillen and Bert Robinson, were at MU to present the three grant checks.

Britney Hopkins received the $1,500 grant on behalf of her 1st grade at John Hay Elementary School. Jenna Hylton received the $2,500 grant that will go towards the IFAK kits for Morristown East High School. Jodie Bakley, from Morristown West High School, received a $3,500 grant for her “Our Future can take us Virtually Anywhere” program for the purchase of tablets.

Ms. Bakley’s Special Education students are in need of the tablets in order to meet their educational and vocational needs.

The tablets, with their touch capabilities, will provide vast learning opportunities that would help prepare them for careers in the community after graduation.

“TVA is committed to supporting STEM education to help develop today’s students into tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and IT professionals,” said Jeannette Mills, TVA executive vice president and chief external relations officer. “It’s inspiring to be able to contribute to the innovators of the next generation.”

The competitive STEM classroom grant program, operated in partnership with Battelle, received more than 600 grant applications from across TVA’s seven state service territory. Educators submitted projects large and small, to further STEM education initiatives in the classroom – both in person and virtual.

“Students who learn and embrace the STEM project areas will be positioned to advance their careers and MU is honored to be involved,” stated Jody Wigington, MU’s General Manager.