Ohio appalachian counties

By Susan Tebben

Ohio Capital Journal

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.

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio. Read more Ohio Capital Journal stories here.