Lamar University students are excited to receive a one million dollar grant to better prepare future science, technology, engineering and math teachers.

“I really hope I can impact some student’s lives and give direction in life,” says Justin Cooper, Student at Lamar University.

Justin is going to school to become a math teacher.

“Math is one of those things that affects everything in life if you're grocery shopping, and being able to compare prices and know what you're saving money on is important,” says Cooper.

He says there's always jobs in the field.

“I've already received calls just checking on me asking when I’ll be graduating searching to fill spots,” he explains.

Lamar recently received a one million dollar grant that will help bring more qualified teachers who teach science - technology - engineering- and math to local schools.

Dr. Kenneth Evans, President at Lamar University says, “It will make a meaningful difference in the college of education, to better prepare for better teachers.”

The donation by Chuck and Becky Mason is the largest donation ever to the College of Education and Human Development.

“I have an education background, and he had a passion for science so this is a really good initiative for us we can both feel proud of,”

It's an initiative that will give others the same opportunity as Justin.

“I hope it brings in quality math students from local high schools in being a math or science teacher,” Cooper explains.