The Arizona Public Service Co. Foundation announced Wednesday it has awarded $1.1 million to several nonprofit groups throughout the state that support STEM educational programs.
The Phoenix Business Journals says Arizona students have a lower proficiency in the studies of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) than a majority of their peers across the country. The APS Foundation began to focus on STEM programs in 2012, according to the Business Journal.
The foundation's $1.1 million in grant money will be going to the following nine nonprofit groups:
Maricopa County Community College District Foundation ($300,000)
Northern Arizona University Foundation ($199,923)
American Indian College Fund ($100,000)
Arizona Science Teachers Association Inc. ($72,202)
Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Inc. ($60,000)
Challenger Space Center Arizona ($51,735)
Teach for America Inc. ($50,000)
Arizona Science Center ($26,080)
National Audubon Society, Inc. ($25,000)