FAMU Lands Huge Grant for Graduate Students

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Florida A&M University's Department of Graduate Studies recently received some good news from U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd.

The university has been awarded more than $370,000 from the U.S. Department of Education.

"We're going to use those dollars to actively recruit those outstanding students that will add so much to our graduate programs here at the university. This is an exciting time for us," says FAMU provost Debra Austin.

Students pursuing doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering will receive stipends for up to $30,000, plus full coverage for the cost of tuition and other fees.

"For one thing, we don't have the scholarships or grants that may be available to undergraduate students. Then also, when you get older, you're basically depleted with your family and everything," says FAMU graduate student Jillian Pope.

"Money per credit hour increases, so you have to take at least nine hours to be considered full time. So yes, the expenses are high," says FAMU graduate student Melissa McDole.

The scholarships will also cover the cost of attendance of national and international conferences.