The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Georgia Partnership for Excellence and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation are investing in STEM.

Georgia will be the first state in the South to join a growing national initiative that seeks to increase the supply of outstanding teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and change how they are prepared to teach, Governor Deal announced today.

"STEM education plays a critical role in our state's competitiveness and future economic prosperity," Deal said. "The most important thing we can do for our students in this field is ensure they have effective teachers. The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships will encourage more partnerships between institutions of higher educations and our K-12 schools to improve educational opportunities for students in this critical area."

Columbus State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University and Piedmont College will be offering the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. The students (or fellows) in the program will receive $30,000 in stipends to use during the master's program in exchange for a three year teaching commitment in a high-need urban or rural school. The five universities will receive $400,000 matching grants to develop their teacher preparation programs based on standards set by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Foundation, please click HERE.