STEM scholarship up for grabs

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By DEVENIE GRAHAM, Ranger Reporter:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is offering Amarillo College students a $4,000 scholarship opportunity for declared STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors.

The NSF has financially supported previous recipients in various fields of study and provided them with an opportunity to pursue their goals.

Yesenia Padron, a previous scholarship recipient said, “Being able to go to school is a great opportunity and with the continued help of this grant, I will one day be able to say I reached my dream as an engineer.”

STEM scholarships allow recipients to focus on their schooling and encourage students to perform their best. According to student Cody Dye, “STEM majors are being supported with this scholarship because it’s enabled me to focus more on studying and less on earning money. This means that I will be more prepared to enter the field after college.”

To qualify for this scholarship, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0, enroll in and pursue a minimum of 12 credit hours and be scheduled to graduate or transfer to a four year university by August 2017.

Applications are due by 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Applicants must have a Federal Financial Aid form completed. Candidates will be automatically disqualified if any other majors have been declared.

Recipients, such as Michael Hernandez, agree that students shouldn’t pass on this scholarship opportunity.

“The STEM scholarship has opened a door for me as a potential engineer in the near future. An opportunity that you cannot miss,” Hernandez said.

Students can pick up applications at the Science Building Office 218 or email Dr. Biggers at

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