Nearly $800,000 in federal grant money has been awarded to support a new scholarship program, and a new program in photonics, at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

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The Lake Washington Institute of Technology has received a $580,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow it to offer scholarships to low-income, nontraditional students in areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Kirkland institute, one of the state’s 34 community and technical schools governed by State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, will be able to offer 25 scholarships for each of the next four years. Each scholarship will be about $5,000.

The program, called Future Tech Stars, will support students studying information technology, applications development, digital media and computer networking technology programs. Scholarship winners will be those who wouldn’t be able to go to college, or would only be able to go part-time, due to financial constraints. The college is partnering with Seattle Goodwill on the program, and the scholarships will begin about a year from now.

The college received another NSF grant, for $199,000, to develop a program in photonics — the practical application of light, including lasers. The college will develop an associate degree program for photonics technicians, as well as a 70-credit photonics technology certificate. The program is expected to open in about a year.