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One Million Dollars for STEM

The $1M gift from Penn National and the Score will make a transformational impact for students in the prestigious Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) Program.  The DNIMAS Program was created 35 years ago at Norfolk State University (NSU), to address the shortage of minority scientists by producing highly trained graduates capable of earning  M.D.’s and Ph.D.’s. This program has been successful — graduating over 500 Dozoretz Scholars, of which 85% have been accepted to graduate, medical or professional school.  Seventy-four percent have earned their graduate/professional degrees and others remain in the pipeline. The advanced degrees earned are: MD (67), PhD (75), MS (197), PharmD (14), DDS (12), JD (2), and MBA (10).

president presented with a 1 million dollar checkThe Penn National scholarship will cover selected DNIMAS student’s full tuitions, fees, room and board, and a book allowance for four years. Students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills through a variety of past teamwork experiences will be designated as Penn National Scholars in the DNIMAS Program.  

With their generous gift, Penn National is ensuring that the DNIMAS Program can continue to support talented and ambitious students for many years to come. The company looks forward to watching Penn National Scholars graduate from NSU and forge rewarding careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

 Dr. Aliecia McClain, Director, and Michael Parker, Associate Director, express their appreciation that Penn National Company made a commitment to make college accessible for students from all socio-economic backgrounds, as well as help create new opportunities for positive change and enhancement in the lives of students in the DNIMAS Program.