CORVALLIS - The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience, or SMILE, program at Oregon State University has received a $20,000 grant from the Howard Vollum Scholarship Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

The grant will help provide scholarship support for new and continuing Native American students at OSU. The OSU SMILE Scholarship/Mentor Program was established in 1996 to provide both financial and mentoring support for Native American students who had been members of the SMILE program in their local schools. Scholarship recipients will be students interested in majors in science, math, engineering, health professions and other related fields.

SMILE, now in its 12th year of operation, has served more than 2,500 students, provided professional development for more than 200 teachers, and been nationally recognized for its accomplishments. The Oregon Community Foundation of Portland, Ore., uses an endowment totaling $300 million in 600 funds from individuals, families and businesses to enhance and support the quality of life in Oregon communities.

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Eda Davis-Butts, 541-737-2388