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NSU awarded a $1 million grant from Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded a grant of over $1 million to Norfolk State University’s Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) for their work in the fields of math, technology, engineering, and science. 

DNIMAS is a rigorous academic program founded at Norfolk State in the 1980s. The program has produced hundreds of future scientists, physicians, engineers, and researchers. The foundation provides financial support for students who want to get a college education. The grant is meant to support students coming into the program in 2021-22 and will also help some students returning to the program. 

Norfolk State president Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston says that she is grateful for the support of the foundation and that the DNIMAS program produces some of the brightest researchers and practitioners in the nation. She also states that the institute helps to improve representation in the STEM fields. The funds awarded will be established as the DNIMAS Support Endowed Scholarship through the NSU foundation and will begin to provide scholarships in 2022. 

“I would like to thank the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for their generous gift to Norfolk State University and the NSU Foundation,” Adams-Gaston said. “Now more than ever, education in STEM fields is critically needed to help solve issues that affect our health, safeguard our resources and to help foster technological ingenuity. Historically, Norfolk State DNIMAS students have contributed to these areas and this gift will help to continue the university’s mission of providing access to education in these important fields.”