The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded 13 schools in the nation, two of which are in N.C., money for STEM programs through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), according to a U.S. Department of Education announcement.

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was awarded $250,000, and North Carolina Central University was awarded $249,998.

The three-year MSEIP grant provides money to schools to improve tutoring, faculty development, pre-college opportunities, curriculum development, facility updates and other hindrances to STEM programs. The grant provided over $3 million to universities.

Other universities awarded include: Alabama A&M University; Alabama State University; University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; San Mateo County Community College District – Canada College; Howard University; Morehouse College; Rust College; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; North Carolina Central University; City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College; City University of New York – New York City College of Technology; Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo Campus; and University of Texas at San Antonio.