$1.5M NSF GRANT READIES STEM TRANSFER STUDENTS
T he scholarship program will be funded by a nearly $1.5 million grant awarded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program. The six-year grant will fold into the school’s APEX Project: Engineering a Transfer-Friendly Experience initiative. The award will fund scholarships to 31 unique full-time students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in civil, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering. “Admitting transfer students to the School of Engineering is a way to cultivate diversity in the program, from first-generation college students to underserved populations, as well as the nontraditional student,” said Dr. Kundan Nepal , a principal investigator who co-wrote the grant application with fellow faculty members Dr. Katherine Acton, Dr. Jenny Holte and Dr. Deb Besser .
To reach potential scholars, the School of Engineering closely partners with several area community colleges, including Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Normandale Community College
By SHEREE R. CURRY
Academically talented engineering students with demonstrated financial need who are considering a transfer to the School of Engineering at University of St. Thomas have an opportunity to receive $10,000 per academic year for up to three years thanks to an expanded scholarship opportunity that started accepting applications this spring for fall 2022 enrollment.
and Saint Paul College. Mechanical engineering
student Ryan Van Domelen , who previously transferred to St. Thomas under the existing APEX project, said, “The transfer scholarship made St. Thomas cheaper for me than the other
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