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Thinking of Studying STEM?

April 22, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

For example, on January 31, Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy announced that Connecticut is dedicating $1.5 billion toward growing the science, technology, engineering, and math programs on the University of Connecticut’s three campuses. This would increase the number of engineering undergrads by 70% and the number of STEM graduates by nearly 50%. 

Similarly, a new program at Texas A&M University is planning to more than double the number of engineering students at the university, from 11,000 students in 2013 to 25,000 by 2025.

So, if you are applying to one of these programs, or thinking of applying to them, rest assured that their growth means increased available slots and greater possibility that you will be accepted. 

An added plus? 

New STEM scholarships are available for particularly strong applicants in some states. For example, Connecticut is planning to create an honors program which will include merit scholarships.  

Likewise, the federal government offers scholarships specifically for STEM majors. Check out the following:

  1. SMART scholarships, at: http://smart.asee.org/about/benefits
  2. STEM Teacher Scholarships, at http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/TeachersScholarship.asp
  3. UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships, at http://umsi.uncf.org/sif