Two new STEM scholarships available through Midland Area Community Foundation
By Ben Tierney
By now you've heard of STEM, and if you haven't, rest assured your middle and high school-aged kids have.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and there's a good reason US companies are encouraging students to consider it: The demand for workers is huge. Consequently, so is the pay. According to a 2014 Department of Education report, the average salary for a STEM graduate is $65,000, compared with $49,500 for their non-STEM counterparts.
The Rupprecht Family Scholarship is for junior and senior-level college students studying any STEM field, with a preference for graduates of the Dow College Opportunity Program. The Steven & Kathleen Dolan Scholarship is intended for a graduating senior of any Midland County high school, and includes arts and healthcare in addition to STEM-related fields of study. The applicant should have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and financial need is a consideration.
Both scholarships can be applied for today through the community foundation's online application process.
The Midland Area Community Foundation holds nearly 200 scholarship funds established by businesses and individuals, which are expected to award close to $500,000 this spring to Midland County students. Applications are open until March 1st. Start yours today!