Kentwood — The nonprofit Math Medic Foundation, created by math teachers from Kentwood, recently received a $30,000 grant from the Steelcase Foundation to support Kent County high school seniors who are interested in math or math-related careers.
Fifteen $2,000 Kent County Fund Your Future scholarships for seniors are available. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need or are underrepresented in mathematics programs or fields. The deadline to apply is April 14. Applicants will be notified of decisions by May 19.
Math Medic also offers teacher grants for professional development in math education and school grants to support schools with funding for professional development and math resources. The deadline to apply for those grants is also April 14.
East Kentwood High School math teacher Luke Wilcox and former EKHS math teacher Lindsey Gallas last year started Math Medic Foundation. They are also the creators of open-source math curriculum websites Stats Medic, Calc Medic and Math Medic. Their goal is to address gaps in achievement and improve access to resources, both nationally and locally.
The foundation has already awarded 20 student scholarships since it started a year ago, executive director Peter Grostic said.
“The Steelcase Foundation grant has really accelerated what we can make happen,” he said.
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