The foundation announced the two-year grant last week and said the award with go to the to the university's Achieving in Research, Math and Science Program, also known as ARMAS.
Edward Martinez, natural resources professor and ARMAS director, said the grant will help school officials target students who struggle with science early on.
The grant focuses on freshmen who declare a science major but aren't prepared for college-level coursework, especially in math and science.
Highlands University established its ARMAS Center in 2009 through a U.S. Department of Education grant. The center provides comprehensive support services to students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.