New Grant Opportunity for Schools in ArcelorMittal Footprint

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (Oct. 13, 2015) – Schools across the United States may have an opportunity to expand their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs through a grant from ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company. ArcelorMittal has committed $300,000 to Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to establish new PLTW programs, or sustain and enhance existing PLTW programs, in middle schools and high schools in the company’s local communities. A competitive application process opens Thursday, Oct. 15 for schools in the following geographic areas:

  • Mobile Co., Ala.
  • Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
  • Coatesville, Pa. – schools within a 10-mile radius of 139 Modena Rd.
  • Conshohocken, Pa. – schools within a 10-mile radius of 900 Conshohocken Rd.
  • Steelton, Pa. – schools within a 10-mile radius of 215 S. Front St.
  • Cook Co., Ill. – schools located south of Chicago Ave. and east of Cicero Ave.
  • Lake Co., Ind. – schools located north of 129th Ave.
  • Porter Co., Ind. – schools located north of Division Rd.
  • LaPorte Co., Ind. – schools located north of SR 30/W1200 S and west of 300 E.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers. The organization offers five programs which create K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Grant funds from ArcelorMittal are available for the PLTW Gateway (middle school) program and the PLTW Engineering (high school) program.

“ArcelorMittal recognizes the need to properly educate our young people and encourage careers in manufacturing as a step toward a sustainable future for our company, our employees and communities, and our nation’s economy,” said Andy Harshaw, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA. “We are proud to partner with Project Lead The Way to strengthen our efforts in developing a pipeline of talented young men and women who possess the skills and knowledge needed to deliver on our mission of producing safe, sustainable steel for generations to come.”

ArcelorMittal’s commitment will provide grants ranging from $5,000-$35,000. Schools with existing programs may receive $5,000-$10,000 to expand their programs, and schools wishing to implement a new program will receive $20,000-$35,000. Grant funds may be used for program expenses such as annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.

Schools meeting the grant eligibility requirements found on PLTW’s Grant Opportunities webpage may apply for grant funding beginning Thursday, Oct. 15. If awarded funding, schools must implement the PLTW program in the 2016-17 school year. For detailed information on the PLTW Gateway and PLTW Engineering programs, visit pltw.org/our-programs.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

About ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks. 

Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.

For us, steel is the fabric of life, as it is at the heart of the modern world from railways to cars and washing machines. We are actively researching and producing steel-based technologies and solutions that make many of the products and components people use in their everyday lives more energy efficient.

We are one of the world’s five largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal and our mining business is an essential part of our growth strategy. With a geographically diversified portfolio of iron ore and coal assets, we are strategically positioned to serve our network of steel plants and the external global market. While our steel operations are important customers, our supply to the external market is increasing as we grow.

In 2014, ArcelorMittal had revenues of US$79.3 billion and crude steel production of 93.1 million metric tons, while own iron ore production reached 63.9 million metric ton.

ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

For more information about ArcelorMittal please visit: corporate.arcelormittal.com or usa.arcelormittal.com.

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Grant inquiries:
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Press inquiries:

Jennifer Cahill
PLTW Senior Director of Media and Public Relations
317.669.3871
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Mary Beth Holdford
Division Manager, External Communications, ArcelorMittal USA
330.659.9121
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