WSU-Tri-Cities Seeking New STEM Scholars
WSU Tri-Cities is seeking applicants for its STEM scholars program, recognizing up to ten scholars a year with a tuition scholarship valued at up to $8,400 per year for four academic years. Those selected are part of the STEM Learning Community that supports a community of scholars who engage in service-related and professional activities. Priority applications must be submitted before January 31, 2016.
In order to be eligible:
- Apply as a first-time freshman
- Submit the WSU Tri-Cities general scholarship application
- You must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale
- Officially purse a STEM-based major available at the Tri-Cities campus
- Enrolled as a full-time student, complete 24 credits per year with a 3.0 GPA, and actively participate in STEM Learning Community activities
Eligible Undergraduate Majors
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Environmental Science
- General Biological Science
- General Mathematics
- General Physical Sciences
State STEM Tours Currently Taking Applicants
A unique opportunity to become a STEM ambassador is available through on-site STEM tours, taking part this winter across Washington. Each tour will help identify the models in our community that are helping or hindering students' ability to receive a STEM education. Participants will help identify resources needed to succeed and how we can work together to build STEM awareness in the state. The Puget Sound Learning Tour meets in Seattle on February 18th, and the statewide tour meets in Vancouver on March 16th. Food and lodging will be provided with simple accomodations in a shared room. To apply to take part in one of the tours, contact email@example.com.
Unique Scholarship Opportunity Available Now
The application window is open until February 29th, 2016 for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. Recipients must be a resident of Washington, earn a high school diploma or GED and intend to complete a bachelor's degree from an eligible Washington state college or university. Additional requirements include the plan to pursue a first bachelor's degree in a STEM or health care field. Applicants must be a high school senior, college freshman or college sophomore with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0 at the time of application. A student must plan to attend college full-time during the upcoming academic year and have completed the FAFSA by March 2016. Finally, a student must come meet an income qualification according to the chart in the online application. The WSOS board hopes to support 3,100 students each year. To apply, submit an application at this link before February 29th, 2016.
STEM Board Members Appear on "Meet in the Middle"
Vicki Bogenberger of CH2M and Patricia Irving of InnovaTek, Inc. joined Christine Brown on her radio talk show to discuss the successes of Delta High School and other initiatives to prepare local children for STEM education.
$127,000 Donation for STEM Efforts provided by Washington River Protection Solutions
Tri-City area students will benefit from $127,000 in contributions announced by Washington River Protection Solutions. The money will be used to strengthen and expand K-12, college and community STEM-related programs.
The Mid-Columbia STEM Education Network will receive $50,000, including $30,000 to support events that celebrate our region as a national leader in STEM literacy and to recruit volunteers to conduct STEM programs that link students with mentors and role models. The other $20,000 will go to STEM-related education activities at the REACH and the local Boys & Girls Club.
The remaining portion of the $127,000 donation includes $50,000 in STEM scholarships and STEM faculty support at Washington State University Tri-Cities and $27,000 to the Nuclear Technology Program at Columbia Basin College to complete the purchase of new equipment and to provide STEM-related scholarships.
Women in STEM Town Hall
The Women in STEM Town Hall was held at Washington State University Tri-Cities in conjunction with Washington STEM and the Women's Funding Alliance. It was the third in a series of four events scheduled throughout the state.
The event was held in conjunction with the Women's Funding Alliance and moderated by Liz Vivian. Speakers included Kathy Christensen from Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Heather Belts from CH2M, and Peggy McCullough from Bechtel Corporation. The free community event at Washington State University discussed how we can work with women to harness the opportunities that STEM fields provide, and to make sure STEM benefits from women’s voices and women benefit from STEM.
2015 STEM Celebration Dinner
An inspiring and engaging 2015 STEM Celebration Dinner was held in October on the campus of Columbia Basin College in Pasco. The dinner was another success in supporting the vision and efforts of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation. Hundreds of attendees were motivated by homegrown STEM champions, including Washington State Senator Sharon Brown, 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau and Associated Students of WSU-Tri-Cities Senate Clerk Arthur Baranovskiy. These highly-influential speakers talked of STEM literacy successes in the Mid-Columbia, and the goal of driving the rate of STEM literacy even higher.
Be a STEM Champion!
Please join the talented and dedicated STEM professionals who volunteer to help young people experience STEM in action and prepare for high-demand, high paying STEM careers. In partnership with innovative local educators, students are inspired to become creative, critical thinkers who can work effectively in teams, evaluate complex problems, and design innovative products and solutions. STEM literacy is a foundational skill for all careers, not just those with a technological focus.
Preparing students with 21st century skills helps to create a robust talent pool that will attract industry investment, spur economic growth, and sustain the Mid-Columbia as a center for technological advances inspired by a STEM-literate workforce.
Seven ways YOU can help:
- Recruit STEM Volunteers
- Host an Internship
- Coordinate a Job Shadow
- Be a Mentor
- Judge a Science and Engineering Fair
- Volunteer at a Special Event
- Be a Career Guest Speaker
These are just a handful of the budding STEM education partnerships in our region that reach beyond the walls of the classroom to include higher education, business, and the community!
Please volunteer today by clicking the "Choose to Volunteer" link on the left of this page. You will find the volunteer form and a list of current opportunities to consider. Our future leaders need YOU!
We are moving now to revolutionize education.