More opportunities are arriving for Bay area college students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

St. Petersburg College has received a $520,000 grant for STEM studies. The funds will be used for scholarships.

The grant will target women and minorities who are under-represented in those disciplines.

At the state level, Florida will need 120,000 new STEM workers by 2018, according to the Florida Department for Economic Opportunity. In addition, Enterprise Florida estimates that 15 out of the 20 fastest growing job fields in the state will require a STEM education.

"This grant demonstrates SPC’s deep commitment to accessible, learner-centered instruction and STEM education," said school President Bill Law. "The program will ensure a diverse applicant pool for potential STEM scholars at our college. It is very exciting for me personally because the project harmonizes with a student success initiative called The College Experience."

The $6,500 individual scholarships will be available beginning Spring 2015.