STEM scholarships awarded

Friday, December 7, 2012

Anthony J. Pearson, Bloomington

Anthony J. Pearson, Bloomington, is one of 10 recipients of two-year scholarships from the National Science Foundation.

Recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarships were honored Dec. 5 at an award ceremony in Atwood Memorial Center.

Ten scholars earned two-year stipends of $18,200 through the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SSTEM) program, an initiative of the National Science Foundation. Read a story about St. Cloud State receiving $600,000 in NSF funding.

Recipients are Terry Pitts, St. Cloud; Benjamin Paulson, Sauk Rapids; Angela Katzmarek, Mounds View; Amanda Scotting, Rockford; Allen Yang, Brooklyn Center; Gregory Roelle, St. Cloud; Joel Schwarting, Becker; Vien Timmy Nguyen, Brooklyn Park; Anthony J. Pearson, Bloomington; and Matthew Wyman, Zimmerman.

Recipients are eligible for travel stipends for conferences, field trips and paid summer internships at a national laboratory.  

There are about 40 active NSF-SSTEM grant projects in Minnesota. St. Cloud State has invited leaders of the computing-related projects to the award ceremony to support statewide networking among the schools. Project leaders will share their experiences during a panel discussion. The presidents of the state’s two-year community and technical colleges have also been invited.

The scholarship program is intended to increase the capacity of high-demand STEM areas via recruitment, retention and graduation of students including underrepresented groups. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73 percent of new STEM jobs through 2020 will be in computing, with only 40,000 graduates to fill 135,000 jobs.

St. Cloud State was awarded a $600,000 grant from NSF in June to support students in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math careers. The grant will sponsor 30 two-year scholarships to academically-talented and financially-needy St. Cloud State students majoring in information systems, computer science and computer engineering. Preference is given to women, students of color, American Indians, first-generation college students and transfer students from community colleges.

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