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STEM-Scholar program awarded $600,000 National Science Foundation grant

by NDSCS News

Posted on 2/7/2011

Students will be recipients of grant to boost STEM workforce needs in North Dakota

The North Dakota State College of Science has received a $600,000 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant funded by the National Science Foundation to create a STEM Scholars program that is designed to address significant STEM workforce needs in North Dakota.

The STEM Scholars program will rely on unique partnerships between NDSCS, four regional universities, and industry partners to address the state's STEM workforce shortage. Upon completion of the STEM Scholars program, academically talented, but financially needy students, will earn either an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in a STEM field and will be prepared to either enter the STEM workforce, or transfer to a university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

The grant will make available financial assistance to qualifying students through a comprehensive scholarship program that consists of three scholarship types and approximately 180 awards over five years. Students who are fully accepted into the STEM-Scholars program have the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 per year in financial assistance beginning in Fall 2012.

"With this grant, NDSCS has a unique opportunity to take a lead role in bridging the gap between STEM education and workforce needs," said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS president. "We look forward to actively recruiting gifted students into this program and placing them in high-demand, financially rewarding careers or helping them transfer to a four-year university."

NDSCS Science and Mathematics Chairman Dr. Kevin Gyolai, who authored the grant, believes a key attribute of the grant will position the college to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates in STEM programs. "Scholarships made available through the grant will help reduce the financial burden many students experience during college," said Gyolai. "By alleviating financial concerns, students will have more time to concentrate on their studies, as well as the industry and professional internships that will be made available to them through our industry partners."

NDSCS has eight programs eligible for the STEM Scholars grant participation. They include three Liberal Arts transfer programs: Mathematics, Chemistry and Engineering; and five academic areas: Civil Engineering and Surveying Technology, Computer Information Systems (CIS) - Computer Programming, CIS - Computer and Network Support; CIS - Web Developer and Machine Tooling. Upon completion of the STEM Scholars program, students will have earned either an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in a STEM field and will then be prepared to transfer to university to pursue a bachelor's degree or enter the STEM workforce.

For detailed information on scholarships, go to For more information on the work of the National Science Foundation, go to The NDSCS grant is Award Number 1057574.


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