Pacific Lutheran University has been awarded another grant from School’s Out Washington and the Washington State Department of Commerce to be used toward the Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA program.

The $11,000 grant comes from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund. The MESA program prioritizes early exposure to STEM topics and hands-on STEM activities for those underrepresented such as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and female students.

“Because of these funds, we are able to provide more support to our program and launch activities that help students be more connected to STEM,” said Penda Samba, director of Tacoma/Puget Sound MESA at PLU. “As an example, this summer we launched an internship program with Columbia Bank IT department and our interns —high school seniors —were equipped with stipend and resources.”