DuPont Co. announced Thursday a $400,000 grant to Iowa State University for the university's Science Bound program, which encourages youths in the state's urban communities to consider careers in agriculture and science.

The grant will help the 20-year-old program to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students pursuing careers in agriculture, science, technology, mathematics and engineering. The grant, funded through DuPont Pioneer, the company's Johnston-based advanced seed and genetics business, is expected to benefit more than 500 Iowa students over the next five years.

Science Bound programs include the George Washington Carver Summer Internship program and a four-week summer Learn & Earn program.

For more information on a statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics push,
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