Scholarships are a wonderful way to get an amazing education for those who need some financial help. E3 STEM provides resources to introduce student options for scholarships from various sources to aid everyone.
Tips for How to Find Financial Assistance for College
- Check out your college’s financial aid/scholarship web page
- Check out your parent/guardian’s place of employment and/or your place of employment
- Check the AVHS Career Center or with your counselor
- Naviance under the “Scholarship” tab
- Get familiarized with your associations both past and present (Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, religious centers, insurance companies, clubs that have memberships)
Act Six Scholarship
Amount: Up to full tuition for 4 years (capped at $140,000)
Who can apply: Individuals with “diverse backgrounds.” All ethnicities, races, religions, and income levels are encouraged to apply
Deadline: November 7, 2017
Amount: $20,000 plus fees for books, laptops, etc. covered
Who can apply: Must be in a college readiness program (AVID), have a minimum of a 2.4 GPA, must intend to be a full time college student, must demonstrate financial need
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Who can apply: Must be a college senior
Deadline: October 31, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Horatio Alger Scholarship
Amount: Up to $120,000
Who can apply: Must be a college senior
Deadline: October 25, 2017
HACER National and Local Scholarships
Who can apply: Latino/Latina student, 2.7 minimum GPA
Deadline: January 18, 2018 (opens October 1st)
State Specific Scholarships
Who can apply: Varied
There are multiple websites on this page that can be accessed.
http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/ (Click on “Paying for College”)
This page also has great resources for preparing for college academically and financially
Scholarship Owl: Apply for multiple scholarships at once
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Amount: $500-$5,000 based on need
Who can apply: Must be of Hispanic Heritage and have a 3.0 minimum GPA
Deadline: April 2018 (application opens in January)
Young Enterprising Women Scholarship: The Enterprising Women Foundation is offering qualifying young women a scholarship to attend the 2018 Enterprising Women Conference in Miami, Florida, March 4 through March 5, 2018 (more information on the conference is available here). The conference will expose and enable young women to be eligible to receive mentorship from a wide array of successful women entrepreneurs and leaders throughout the nation.
Candidates may be nominated or they may nominate themselves. Up to four scholarship winners will be announced at the Young Enterprising Women Mentorship Forum on November 16th at Falcon Ridge Middle School at 4:30 p.m. The Forum is a fundraising event to help the Enterprising Women Foundation Mentoring Program reach their goal to raise $10,000 in scholarship funds to send four Minneapolis area young women to the 2018 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference to attend workshops, participate in leadership training, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the globe! Scholarship candidates must be present at the event to receive the award.
To be eligible for the scholarship, young girls must be in 9th through 11th grade, show an interest in STEM based education and careers, and submit a response and essay located on the following page. Submittals must be received by Monday, November 10th, at 4 p.m. Submittal by mail or email is accepted. The nomination form with additional details can be downloaded HERE.
There are many contests, competitions and challenges to enter. Contests can be fun ways for E3 STEM students to win a variety of prizes.
- IoTHackDay 2017: Create IoT Products, Make Friends, Make Art, Build Startups! Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 8am – 8pm. Minnetronix – 1635 Energy Park Dr, St Paul, MN 55108, USA.WHAT IS IoTHackDay? View this site for more information and to sign up a team. #IoTHackDay is a fun, FREE day that brings together teams, novel ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to dream up and build cool new devices to solve everyday problems. Teams form, submit their ideas ahead of the event, and hack for 12 hours. The public is invited to attend at the end of the day, and vote for their favorite teams. Top teams receive hardware and prizes! WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN IoTHackDay? #IoTHackDay is an, “Open Team Hackathon,” which means that it’s open to everyone! The formation of teams ahead of time is encouraged, but not required.
- Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology: is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students and seeks to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. You can compete as an individual or as a member of a two or three-person team. Last year’s competition featured 1,700 submissions and 19 national finalists.
Research reports in engineering, math and biological or physical sciences are eligible, though topics in behavioral or social sciences are not. Additional information about project eligibility is available HERE. The competition is open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States enrolled in grades 9-12. Individuals submitting projects must be in grade 12. Teams may consist of up to three students from any eligible grade. Teams must be finalized by August 14. Resources are available for students, families, educators and teams in need of a mentor. Research reports and additional required materials must be submitted by September 19.
For more information, or to register for the competition, visit siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com.
- GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge: a competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students using aviation. Learn more here.
- Google Science Fair: Global, online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams 13-18.
- Verizon Innovative App Challenge
- Stratasys Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge: Our vision for this year’s challenge is “make a difference.” Strive to make a positive impact by redesigning a product for greater accessibility, eco-friendliness or human empowerment.
- Dunwoody College of Technology Women in Technical Careers (WITC)
- Dakota Electric Washington DC Youth Tour
- Washington DC Youth Tour Application
- TWIST (Target Women In Science and Technology) EPIC Award. The TWIST EPIC Awards honor young women in the Twin Cities for their dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These young women demonstrate Engagement, Passion, Innovation, and Curiosity within these fields and TWIST encourages them to continue pursuing this path. Nomination form.
- Deadline is 9/20/17
Student Nomination Attributes
Engaged: Active in the surrounding community and participates in competitions and organizations within and out of school
Passionate: Constantly learns and shares knowledge through mentoring, club participation, and other extracurricular activities
Innovative: Uses STEM knowledge to invent, design, build, research, and improve
Curious: Eagerly seeks out new opportunities to learn and grow
Twenty-five students will be selected and invited to an award ceremony with two supporters (parents or educators) starting at 1:30 pm at Target Headquarters on Friday, October 13th, 2017.
A nominee must meet the following criteria:
– She is in grades 8 through 12 during the 2017-2018 school year.
– She lives within the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
Transportation to the award ceremony will not be provided.
How to Apply
Teachers and extracurricular group leaders may nominate students that they feel embody the EPIC keywords by filling out the nomination form and providing a 600 word paragraph supporting their nomination.
Additionally, eligible students may also nominate themselves by filling out the nomination form, providing a 600 word paragraph supporting their nomination, and attaching a letter of recommendation.
Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 pm CT on September 20, 2017 (deadline extended) and Target will respond by the end of September.
- Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award. What’s the best way to support the next generation of female tech enthusiasts? IT Center staff provide a resounding response: You recognize their talent and cultivate a community where they can experiment, explore, and thrive. That’s the goal of the sixth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards. While efforts to narrow the gender gap in the tech industry have received renewed attention, women made up only 26 percent of the nationwide computing workforce in 2016, and less than 10 percent were women of color.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients will be selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Minnesota Aspirations Award applicants will automatically be entered into the national NCWIT Aspirations Award competition. Read more info. HERE.
To apply: Applicants must first create or update an aspirations.org account here. Students can apply online beginning September 1, 2017 and the application period closes on November 6, 2017. The application includes several short essays and multiple-choice sections. You may want to review the application Application Step-by-Step Guide.
- Donaldson Science Award recognizes and rewards high school students of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian heritage for their interests and achievements related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
- Kurt Giessler Foundation Ambition Grant. The Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement’s Ambition Grant is designed to fund proposed endeavors by individuals, aged twelve through twenty, that are inventive, entrepreneurial, charitable, or explorative, and are unrelated to school or athletic activities. Funding will not be granted for travel or training/tuition expenses. Prize For Achievement Award. Applications was Jan. 31.
Fairview Family Healthcare Career Scholarship: Fairview is proud to offer scholarships to Fairview employees (and their family members) who have completed high school and/or earned a G.E.D. and will be entering or are currently enrolled in an accredited college or technical school program. This scholarship is offered to support the leadership development of employees who are pursuing advancement opportunities within Fairview. This scholarship is generally offered in the spring of each year with winners announced in mid-summer. We are currently accepting applications for this scholarship through Friday, June 23, 2017. Download the application packet.
MN Youth Institute: A program that engages 8-12th grade students in solving local and global hunger issues. Students research and submit a solution to food security issues, and then all students who apply are invited to come to campus to present their solutions to research, business, and legislative leaders. All students who participate are also awarded a $1000 scholarship to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences within the University of Minnesota, and are then eligible for paid internships from UMN and USDA, and a select few are selected to go to Iowa to the World Food Prize and those students are eligible for paid international internships. Find out how to get involved here. Deadline is April 15
Logic PD STEM Education Scholarship: $500 Award. Applicant must be a graduating senior. Grant application – logic-pd-stem-education-scholarship1, Applicant must be an active member of E3 STEM, Applicant must be a graduating senior, Applicant must be intending to pursue a STEM field at a college or technical school, Application must be submitted by 5:00PM on April 1st, 2017, Scholarship winner will be announced on April 22nd, 2017.
Minnesota High Tech Association Scholarship: Closes April 1. These awards include $2,500 and $5,000 awards and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. MHTF supports diversity in this application and award process.
Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students in grades 10 & 11 that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on an important cancer research project. Due March 17.
Augsburg College: offers FULL rides to students who participate in Genesys works and meet certain criteria:
2017 Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship. MSHSL Scholarship Letter and Application
Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists, the Women’s Orthopaedic Center and Allina Health are proud to present the 10th annual Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship.