Entrepreneurship/STEM programs announced for Appalachian students

Ohio appalachian counties

A free program to support Ohio students in Appalachia study STEM and entrepreneurship is opening its application period.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, announced the application periods on Friday for the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and the Appalachian Region Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Program. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The entrepreneurship academy is a program for high school seniors, held July 6 to July 31 in Pittsburgh.

“With mentorship from local entrepreneurs and business leaders, students will create a business pitch and present it to investors for a chance to win seed funding during the program,” the announcement stated.

Expenses for the program will be covered and students receive a $600 stipend.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program is intended for middle and high school students and attending a public school in one of the 32 Appalachian counties in Ohio. The program is with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, from July 5 to 17 for high schoolers and July 11 to 17 for middle schoolers.