A local college receives money for its STEM students.

Lehigh Carbon Community College is getting a five-year, one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

The money will provide up to one hundred scholarships for academically-talented, low-income students.

The hope is it will help produce skilled graduates who are prepared to enter the STEM workforce in fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

School officials say they hope the grant increases STEM interest at LCCC.

"That is the purpose of this grant - to attract more students in the STEM fields, make more awareness of the STEM fields, recruit more students in the program and make them interested in these fields," said Dr. Deepika Khilnaney, Assistant Professor of Physics at LCCC. 

Dr. Khilnaney is also the principal investigator for the new grant.

Eligible LCCC students pursuing an associate degree in STEM fields can apply for the scholarships starting next month.