Federal funding bill includes $800K appropriation for St. Kate’s Mendel project

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St. Kate’s Advancing Scientific Excellence Initiative was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill and will provide support for critical technology and equipment upgrades to Mendel. 

The funding will enhance student learning and faculty research in the sciences at St. Catherine

With the signature of President Joe Biden on the Fiscal 2022 funding bill passed by the House and Senate, Minnesota’s Fourth District represented by Congresswoman Betty McCollum ’87 will see more than $10 million in community project funding — $800,000 specified as funding for St. Catherine University’s Mendel building. 

St. Kate’s Advancing Scientific Excellence Initiative was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill and will provide support for critical technology and equipment upgrades to Mendel. 

“Bringing back federal taxpayer dollars to Minnesota’s Fourth District to increase access to apprenticeships and STEAM-related careers throughout our community is an exciting investment in our future,” Congresswoman McCollum said in a statement released by her office. “These projects will expand opportunities for good-paying jobs to a wider range of communities, including those historically excluded from typical workforce development pipelines and those seeking alternative career paths that are in high demand. I thank my community partners at the Finishing Trades and St. Catherine University for working with me to deliver on these projects that will directly impact people’s lives here at home.”

The funding will enhance student learning and faculty research in the sciences at St. Catherine. Such federal support is valuable in attracting private gifts to the Mendel priority as part of LEAD & INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence.

“Providing women access to an education in the sciences is vital to our world and why the sciences are a core part of a St. Catherine education,” said Becky Roloff, President, St. Catherine University. “As one of only eight women’s institutions that is designated a minority-serving institution, this project will prepare a diverse pipeline of women for impactful scientific careers and meet the growing demand for female professionals in STEM fields locally and nationally. We are thrilled that Representative McCollum shares our commitment to diverse women scientists and has included critical scientific equipment upgrades at St. Kate’s as one of her Community Project Funding requests.”

 

Rep. McCollum’s full statement on the passage of the FY 22 funding agreement is available here

In keeping with the Appropriations Committee’s commitment to transparency, information on Rep. McCollum’s Community Project Funding requests is available here.