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Vermont College Students Awarded VT EPSCoR Scholarships

   
Seven Vermont college students were awarded a total of $35,000 in VT EPSCoR Native American and First Generation College Student Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the Vermont State House on August 5, 2015.

The location was selected to remind students of the many career opportunities available to them in Vermont. Secretary Patricia Moulton encouraged the students to seek employment in Vermont after graduation saying “There is a real need in Vermont for a well-trained STEM workforce” and further, that she was “impressed with the quality of students receiving the scholarships.”  

The scholarships are offered annually by the VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at Saint Michael’s College (CWDD) to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to enter STEM careers.  These competitive scholarships are designed to help defray college expenses and encourage young Vermonters to pursue STEM majors and careers. Awards this year were made to students from Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin and Washington Counties. 

The scholarship program provides financial support to students interested in pursuing a career in STEM areas who are of Native American ancestry or first in their family to attend a four-year college.  The $5,000 awards are made to Vermont students who plan to attend a Vermont College or University during the next academic year, or who are currently an Undergraduate enrolled in a STEM degree program at a Vermont College or University.  The scholarships are awarded based on academic standing, letters of recommendation and an essay.  For more information and to learn how to apply, please visit 
http://www.uvm.edu/~epscor/new02/?q=node/134

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2015 Scholarship Awardees:
Brittany Ryan, recipient of a Native American Scholarship, is currently a student at Johnson State College double-majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. Hilary (Hunter) Denault-Reynolds, recipient of a Native American Scholarship, graduated from Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, in 2015 and will begin a Computer Engineering degree at the University of Vermont (UVM) in the fall. Bradley Roy, a recipient of a First-Generation Scholarship, is attending UVM where he is pursuing a Fisheries Biology major, and Geospatial Technologies minor. Jessica Colby, a recipient of a First-Generation Scholarship, is currently a student at UVM, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Logan Tracy, a recipient of a First-Generation Scholarship, is currently a student at Saint Michael's College double-majoring in Mathematics and Elementary Education. Tiffany Martin, a recipient of a First-Generation Scholarship, is currently a student at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski. She is majoring in Network Administration. Foram Patel, a recipient of a First-Generation Scholarship, is currently a student at UVM majoring in neuroscience. Applications for the 2016 scholarships will open in November, 2015. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2016. For more information please contact: The Vermont EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) One Winooski Park, Box 137 Saint Michael’s College Colchester, Vermont 05439 802-654-3270 cwdd@smcvt.edu
 
Funding for this scholarship program from NSF EPSCoR #1101317