FCC, BNBI Leaders Discuss STEM Education, Scholarships


Frederick Community College (FCC) was honored to welcome representatives to campus from the Battelle National Biodefense Institute (BNBI), which provides the College generous scholarship support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.
During the meeting, Dr. Thomas Powell, interim president of FCC, and Dr. George Korch, laboratory director of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) and president of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute, led a discussion on the importance of STEM education and ensuring students interested in these fields have access to scholarship support to help them reach their academic and career goals.
They were joined by scholarship recipient Keyla Caceres, a second-year STEM student who plans to attend UMBC after graduating from FCC.
Each year, the Battelle National Biodefense Institute STEM Scholarship provides two students enrolled in cybersecurity, computer science, biology, biotechnology, math, chemistry, or engineering a $6,000 scholarship each. This scholarship is renewable annually until the student graduates.
FCC is grateful to BNBI for recognizing the power of higher education and for investing in our students and their futures.
In addition to Dr. Powell and Dr. Korch, FCC and BNBI representatives at the event included:
• Brian Gaudet, director of communications, National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC)
• Dr. Sandy McCombe Waller, FCC associate vice president for Academic Affairs/dean of health, business, technology, and science
• Deborah Powell, executive director for the Office of Institutional Advancement and the FCC Foundation
• Dr. MJ Rosovitz, senior principal investigator, Genomics, National Bioforensic Analysis Center
• Michael Thornton, scholarship manager for the FCC Foundation