Several Grayson College students will receive scholarship help for the 2013-14 academic year, thanks to a new grant the college received from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Awarded $163,200 for its Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship, the college expects to allot up to $2,500 per qualifying student for the academic year.
“These 62 T-STEM scholarships are available to students majoring in certain science, technology, engineering and math programs at Grayson,” said Janis Thompson, grant writer and program development specialist at the Grayson College Foundation. “Students can apply the funds toward tuition, fees, necessary textbooks and classroom supplies.”
Some of the fields included in this scholarship opportunity are: computer science and information systems, computer maintenance and networking, engineering, drafting/CADD, electronics, HVAC, biological sciences, mathematics, chemistry, geology, physics, dental assisting, EMT/paramedic, radiologic technology and medical lab technician.
To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA on all math and science courses on their high school transcripts (or equivalent on GED scores) and be a self-declared major in one of the qualified T-STEM programs at Grayson College.
Awards such as the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship are good for the community, too. “This is a great opportunity for local employers and service providers who need skilled employees or who wish to improve their own skills,” Thompson said.
Established by the 82nd Texas Legislature, the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship Grant Program provides Texas public community and technical colleges with grants for merit-based scholarships for qualifying, high-achieving students. Participating colleges like Grayson develop partnerships with local business and industry to identify local employment needs in T-STEM occupations and develop part-time employment opportunities for T-STEM scholarship recipients.
“These prestigious awards are provided to assist Grayson College full-time students, of any age, who are self-declared majors in a T-STEM instructional program,” said Tina Dodson, director of annual giving for the GC Foundation. “Recipients must complete at least 80% of all semester credit hours to retain his/her T-STEM scholarship for the following semester. All applicants, unless exempt, must have a statement on file that he or she is registered with the Selective Service System. Part-time employment is limited to 15 hours per week in a STEM-related field.”
For more information about the T-STEM Challenge Scholarship or to complete the scholarship application, go to www.grayson.edu and click on “New Scholarship Opportunity for STEM Students” under News & Announcements, or call Dodson at 903-463-8716.