Now through July 9, FFA chapters in areas across the state have the opportunity to apply for a share of $40,000 in STEM grants from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). FFA STEM After-School grants support FFA chapter projects and give students opportunities to learn and grow in STEM-related fields.
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Eligible chapters may receive individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Priority will be given to applications that benefit more than one chapter and that are sustainable over multiple years.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with FFA to offer hands-on, STEM-related education to students in the areas we serve,” said Tiffini Jackson, PSO vice president, External Affairs. “These grants will help students learn technical and critical thinking skills that can help set them on a rewarding career path.”
The AEP Foundation is the charitable arm of American Electric Power, parent company of Tulsa-based electric provider, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The grant program is possible through a partnership between PSO and the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, and is available to Oklahoma FFA chapters in areas served by PSO.
Since 2018, the AEP Foundation and PSO have awarded grants totaling more than $85,000. In 2020, the AEP Foundation announced a $200,000 grant to fund the program for another five years.
Grant applications are available on the Oklahoma FFA Foundation’s website at www.okffa.org.
About the AEP Foundation
The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units, including Public Service Company of Oklahoma. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.
The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood education through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.
The AEP Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 562,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO owns approximately 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity fueled primarily by natural gas. It also maintains and operates 22,000 miles of distribution lines, 3,700 miles of transmission lines and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. News releases and other information is at www.PSOklahoma.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PSOklahoma.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 27,000 members and 360 chapters, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth-largest state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit www.okffa.org.