STEM scholarship   


About the Scholarship
Ridgewater College is excited to announce its partnership in a $5 million Scholarship in STEM (S-STEM) grant to provide scholarships to students at Ridgewater College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin Community College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and St. Cloud State University. The partnership will recruit and support academically high-achieving students who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.

The $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide support for students over the next five years. Of the 1,536 active National Science Foundation S-STEM grants, only 1 percent are funded for more than $4 million, which means the ACCESS STEM consortium is among the top 1 percent of grants by funding. It is also the first multi-institution project funded by an S-STEM grant in Minnesota.

  • Students who receive a scholarship their first year will be eligible for a second-year scholarship as well.
  • Students are eligible to receive $7,500 per year for the two years that they are at Ridgewater College.
  • Students choosing to transfer to St. Cloud State University upon completion of an AS degree from Ridgewater are eligible for an additional two-year scholarship.


How to Apply

1. Apply to Ridgewater College

2. Apply for Financial AidMUST have complete FAFSA prior to applying. 

Ridgewater's college code is 005252.

3. Apply for the STEM Scholarship - Applications are due May 1, 2018.

  • Click on the apply for STEM Scholarship link. Then click on the Admissions tab at the bottom of the login window.
  • Click on "click here to create your account."
  • Complete the profile information. Use an email you have easy access to and a password you can remember. Passwords must be between 6 and 12 characters and may contain numbers or special characters. 

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Applicants will Need

  • High school GPA and relevant test score information
  • An essay describing your academic and career goals. Describe how you intend to accomplish your goal, and describe at least one past experience where you overcame an obstacle to achieving a goal and how that experience will help you accomplish your future goals. Your essay should be approximately 500 words. lIt should be typed any stored as either a word document (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file. 
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous teachers or school counsleors. One of the letters should be from a science, technology, engineering, or math teacher who had you in class.


Ridgewater STEM degrees
Projected Percentage Increases In STEM Jobs from 2010 to 2020: 14% for all occupations, 16% for Mathematics, 22% for Computer Systems Analysts, 32% for Systems Software Developers, 36% for Medical Scientists, 62% for Biomedical Engineers




Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.