For Immediate Release
Contact: Veronica O’Hearn
UCOR Accepting Proposals for New Education Mini-Grant Program
Oak Ridge, Tenn., April 2, 2013 – URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) is accepting
proposals from area schools for educational grants with a specific goal of enabling new
instructional methods in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
UCOR Education Mini-Grants will be awarded directly to teachers and schools for specific
projects. All teachers are welcome to apply, but proposals should focus on STEM projects. For
instance, a music teacher might apply for a grant for a math-related project within the field of
Schools in Roane, Anderson, Loudon and Knox counties are eligible to submit proposals.
Interested teachers should contact their school principals for more information. Applications
must be received by April 12, 2013.
“Funding excellence in education is a major commitment for UCOR,” said Leo Sain, UCOR
President and Project Manager. “As a technology-based company, we are especially committed
to funding math, science, and technology-related educational endeavors. This is our second year
offering these annual mini-grants with some impressive projects having been undertaken by our
awardees in the first year. Our mini-grants program gives students opportunities they may not
Proposal packages will be sent to school principals. More than one teacher in a school may
submit proposals, but each proposal must be approved by the principal. Applications may be
made for $500 (for a single classroom), $750 (for a grade or several classes) or $1,000 (for an
entire school, and must include an implementation plan).
Proposals will be judged on three criteria:
• A project summary, which describes the project and expected results.
• The top three learning objectives/curriculum concepts that will be enhanced by the grant, and
how results will be measured.
• An explanation as to why the project is deserving of the grant.
Grant winners will be recognized at a reception in May.
For more information about the UCOR Education Mini-Grants program, contact Veronica
O’Hearn, UCOR Strategic Planning, Communications, and Governmental Affairs, (865) 574-