Scholarships available to Moraine Park STEM students

by admin10. March 2009 19:00

To help meet a need for college graduates trained in science, engineering and technology occupations, Moraine Park Technical College will provide more than $400,000 in scholarships to qualifying students enrolled in one of nine participating degree programs.


The scholarships are made possible by a $520,000 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) grant from the National Science Foundation. Starting with the fall 2009 semester, up to 30 scholarships will be awarded annually through July 31, 2013, based on financial need and ranging from $500 to $10,000. The application deadline for the fall 2009 semester is May 29. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in STEM degrees and careers.


Students entering or enrolled in Moraine Park STEM programs full-time are eligible to apply. The nine programs are as follows: Engine Research and Development Technician; Mechanical Design Technology; Tool Design Engineering Technology; Civil Engineering Technician – Structural; Engineering Technologist; IT – Applications Developer; IT – Network Specialist; IT – Technical Support Specialist; and Water Quality Technician.


Moraine Park has a three-tier approach to scholarship awards: STEM Gold Scholars (students who meet all of the requirements), STEM Silver Scholars (students who meet the financial need but need assistance to meet the academic requirement), and STEM Scholars on the Move (students who transfer to a four-year college program). Students can take advantage of study groups, online STEM advising, an online STEM Club, mentoring and tutoring, as well as other support services. The College also provides real-world experience, job shadowing and placement to help prepare students for life on the job. 


For more information about Moraine Park’s STEM scholarships and programs, contact STEM program director and IT instructor Lisa Pollard at 920-924-3352 or