Johnson College Receives Grant from PPL Foundation For Stem Outreach Program

Johnson College is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support a STEM outreach program to teach 75 high school students about renewable energy and build their own solar cell phone chargers. 

The goal of the workshop is to introduce participants to solar power concepts with an object that is suitable for everyday use.  Participants will build a solar-powered cell phone charger and learn about solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and various electronic modules that construct a cell phone charger. The workshop gives the participant an understanding of all the components required to produce a portable solar-powered cell phone charger. The program also introduces the students to occupations in Electrical Engineering and Electrical Construction.

“The PPL Foundation grant gives local high school students the opportunity to experience the real-world, hands-on learning Johnson College is known to provide its students,” said Dr. Katie Leonard, Johnson College President & CEO. “Our STEM Outreach Program provides local students an introduction to in-demand careers within essential industries throughout our region and beyond.” 

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. 

PPL Brighter Future Scholarships

Do you know a student pursuing a career in engineering or information technology? How about someone studying a skilled trade? We have scholarships available for minority and female students pursuing careers in these areas. Please spread the word about the following PPL Foundation scholarships and encourage students to apply.  

Power Scholars Scholarship
15 scholarships are available for minority and female students across our territory pursuing a degree in engineering and information technology Each scholarship is $5,000 and available to students entering any year of full-time, post-secondary education at a college or university.

Powerful Tech and Trade Scholarship
10 scholarships are available for minority and female students entering any year of full-time, post-secondary career training at a community college or technical school within our territory Each scholarship is $2,500.

Interested students can learn more and apply online by March 1, 2022.