cation and industries that employ science-trained personnel, with an emphasis on practical training and preparation for the workforce in high-need fields.

  1. APPLICATION.—A 4-year institution of higher education desiring a grant under this section shall submit an application to the Director at such time, in such manner, and accompanied by such information as the Director may require. The application shall include—

    1. a description of the professional science master’s degree program that the institution of higher education will implement;

    2. a description of how the professional science master’s degree program at the institution of higher education will produce individuals for the workforce in high-need fields;

    3. the amount of funding from non-Federal sources, including from private industries, that the institution of higher education shall use to support the professional science master’s degree program; and

    4. an assurance that the institution of higher education shall encourage students in the professional science master’s degree program to apply for all forms of Federal assistance available to such students, including applicable graduate fellowships and student financial assistance under titles IV and VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq., 1133 et seq.).

  1. PREFERENCES.—The Director shall give preference in making awards to 4-year institutions of higher education seeking Federal funding to create or improve professional science master’s degree programs, to those applicants—

    1. located in States with low percentages of citizens with graduate or professional degrees, as determined by the Bureau of the Census, that demonstrate success in meeting the unique needs of the corporate, non-profit, and government communities in the State, as evidenced by providing internships for professional science master’s degree students or similar partnership arrangements; or

    2. that secure more than two-thirds of the funding for such professional science master’s degree programs from sources other than the Federal Government.

  1. NUMBER OF GRANTS; TIME PERIOD OF GRANTS.—

    1. NUMBER OF GRANTS.—Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, the Director shall award grants under paragraph (1) to a maximum of 200 4-year institutions of higher education.



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