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July 12, 2013

Blinn offering more than $400,000 in new scholarships

STEM awards will help students pursue high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering and math

Blinn College has received a $427,000 grant to award scholarships that will help students pursue high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Blinn will award 171 scholarships worth $2,500 apiece through the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship Program. The program is funded by a grant provided to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp. and allows community and technical colleges to provide merit-based scholarships to qualifying, high-achieving students pursuing careers in STEM and related fields.

In a 2011 report, the U.S. Department of Commerce said STEM jobs had grown three times as fast as non-STEM jobs over the previous 10 years and that STEM workers command 26 percent higher wages than their non-STEM counterparts. The report noted that STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings even if they work in a non-STEM occupation.

“Businesses in the Brazos Valley and throughout the country have expressed concern about the supply of qualified, well-educated workers in these fields,” said Deborah Noe, grant and resource developer at Blinn College. “These scholarships will help students find a variety of high-paying jobs that are in great demand.”

As a participating college, Blinn will partner with local business and industry to identify local employment needs in T-STEM occupations and develop part-time employment opportunities for scholarship recipients.

To be eligible, students must:

  • have graduated from a Texas high school with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a four-point scale in mathematics and science courses.
  • be enrolled at or plan to enroll at Blinn and declared in a T-STEM instructional program.
  • agree to work no more than 15 hours per week in the chosen instructional program area or related field, or for a business participating in the T-STEM Scholarship Program.
  • have a statement on file with Blinn indicating the student is registered with the Selective Service System as required by federal law or is exempted from Selective Service registration under federal law.

Eligible students may receive a T-STEM Challenge Scholarship for a maximum of two academic years.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, visit: www.blinn.edu/finaid/scholar.html. The application deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is Aug. 15.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.