The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Science and Engineering Community Outreach Program has received a $250,000 academic assistance grant from the California Education Facilities Authority.

“Science and technology-based industries are looking for a dynamic and diverse community of researchers and educators to lead the future,” said Barbara Christie, director of LMU’s Science and Engineering Community Outreach Program. “We are creating and improving the quality of students who will be applying to universities and then taking responsibility for these positions.”

Since 2001, the community outreach program brings 20 to 25 high school students each summer to the LMU campus for a two-week residential pre-college program to encourage the continued study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students are also provided with information about the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), college admission and obtaining scholarships.

There is a special emphasis to serve minority and female students — two groups that are underrepresented in the sciences, mathematics and engineering fields.

LMU is one of nine schools that received grants totaling $2 million from a new college outreach program announced by State Treasurer Phil Angelides.

The outreach program was established to assist students in preparing for higher education and college entrance, and to promote access and opportunities for all students.

The grant will be distributed over the next three years and the goal is to serve 100 to 120 more students during that time period, LMU officials said.