Superintendent’s Memo #240-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 7, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Announcement of Incentive Mini-Grants for New Governorís STEM Academies in School Year 2012-2013

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce incentive mini-grants in the amount of $5,000 each for establishment of new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academies during school year 2012-2013.  Upon approval by the Board of Education of the school division’s academy application, the grant award will be issued to the school division or regional career and technical education center.

The incentive grants for establishment of new Governor’s STEM Academies are provided from state funds and must be expended by June 20, 2013.  Payment will be made on a cost-reimbursement basis.  For more detailed information, please review the Establishing a Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy Guidance Document and complete the Governor’s STEM Academy Intent to Submit a Proposal 2012-2013.

The Governor’s STEM Academies offer students a deeper understanding of STEM career pathways and build interest in STEM-related careers by making mathematics and science content more relevant to students.  The growing demands of STEM-related sectors are driving the high-demand jobs in today’s work force.  According to the recent article, “Occupational Employment Projections to 2016,” Monthly Labor Review, “STEM-related fields are projected to grow twice as fast as the average for all occupations to the year 2016.”  Providing STEM-related educational programs and experiences will contribute significantly to Virginia’s work force needs today and in the future.

For assistance with the application process, contact George Willcox, STEM academy coordinator, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, by e-mail at or telephone at 804-225-2052.