Department of Defense Funds Reading and STEM Programs for Military Families

The Department of Defense Education Activity partnered with 26 school divisions across the country to distribute $35 million in funding to improve student achievement in reading, science, technology, engineering and math.

The funding is directed at school districts with a heavy population of students whose parents serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. To be eligible for the grant, each district must have an active military-connected student population of 5 percent or more, and each school within the district must have a similar population of 15 percent or more. The DoD also pointed out that while funding is related to students of military families, the funding serves all students at the target schools. In other words, even if your father isn’t a fighter pilot, you still get a piece of the pie.


The latest recipient of DoD funding is the York County School Division in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region. The YCSD received a $2.5 million grant, which will provide students with digital tools to improve STEM learning.

According to an article on the funding, “The initiative features performance tasks that integrate digital tools and allows students to change the world through service learning and entrepreneurship, according to YCSD. Students bring their own technology to school to learn, collaborate and work to make a difference locally, nationally and globally.”

The DoD has granted funds to school districts in:

  • Waynesville, MO
  • Sumter, SC
  • Medical Lake, WA
  • Yuma, AZ
  • Barstow, CA
  • Carthage, NY
  • Wayne County, NC
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Coronado, CA
  • Geary County, KS
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Mike Ridbender

    Great article, Brent!