Saddleback offers STEM-based scholarships

A student competes in a STEM competition, hosted by the U.S. Navy. STEM encourages innovation and student success in science, technology, engineering and math. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

A student competes in a STEM competition, hosted by the U.S. Navy. STEM encourages innovation and student success in science, technology, engineering and math. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

The Saddleback College S-STEM Scholars program is now accepting applications from students. Saddleback’s program is designed to help financially challenged students enrolled in STEM approved courses.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education, according to the California STEM Learning Network. The website defines the program as “an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.” STEM concentrates on these academic areas because “the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success” and “these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.”

This aid is in the form of scholarships to help students pursing an associate degree or transferring to a university for a bachelor of science degree.

This year the program will be awarding 14 to 20 scholarships worth over $9,000 each.

To qualify, students must be American citizens, have at least a 2.8 GPA, be enrolled full time and show demonstrate a valid financial need.

Students must submit applications online with additional materials turned into the Math, Science and Engineering Division office. Applications are due by April 10, 2015 at 4 p.m. after which the selection process will begin.

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