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Grant funds scholarships for STEM students

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The College has been awarded a major grant from the National Science Foundation to support student scholarships in science and mathematics.

The four-year, $609,000 grant enables St. Scholastica to award scholarships to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors who aren't pre-med students. The awards provide up to $6,500 a year and are annually renewable for three years. To qualify for scholarships, students must be biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics majors with a GPA of at least 3.0 and documented financial need.

St. Scholastica has been a grant recipient since 2001, which Luther Qson, associate professor of mathematics, says is a testament to the College's quality student outcomes.

"Students receiving this scholarship have gone on to do a lot of good work whether in careers or graduate programs," he said, "with a high degree of success from the graduates."

In addition to providing scholarships for about 21 students, the grant funds are used for networking activities that build a sense of community for students across varying STEM majors. St. Scholastica hosts a variety of dinners featuring esteemed speakers from STEM fields and funds travel to conferences and scientific labs where students can gain a wealth of real-world knowledge.