The University of Maryland Baltimore County has received an almost $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to aid financially needy transfer students who want to enter computer science and engineering majors.

U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski announced the scholarship grant for 30 students, saying the money will help Maryland meet critical workforce needs.

"UMBC has become nationally recognized for its science, math and engineering programs," Cardin said in a statement. "And this grant will ensure that the university is able to provide more students with the tools they need to get the highly skilled, technical jobs that are needed in the future."

UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III added that the grant will "allow us to expand our efforts to help more students of all backgrounds succeed."

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