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National Science Foundation to Provide Financial Support for Students Seeking STEM Careers

March 25, 2013

Iowa Lakes students interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can benefit from a new scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation.
Annual scholarships of up to $4,350 each will support promising students in the STEM career fields.  Up to 30 students each year can receive the scholarships through the Infinity Scholars program.
Student eligibility requirements include a high school Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better – or a college GPA of 3.25 or better. In addition, students must complete the online scholarship application before 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 1.
Program participants will engage in exciting academic and career-exploration activities within a focused STEM community.  These activities will include guided research, discussion sessions with Iowa Lakes STEM alumni, an annual STEM Exploration trip to a major research facility or university, intensive faculty mentoring, study tables, and professional portfolio development.
“The main goal of the Infinity Scholars is to prepare graduates to become leaders and innovators in STEM areas of local, state and national need,” said Dr. Robert Klepper, Professor of Science at Iowa Lakes.
Funding of the Infinity Scholars is for four years. The financial assistance comes in the form of a grant and does not need to be paid back. Students may benefit from this in both their freshman and sophomore years.
Students enrolled full-time in an eligible AAS, AS, or AA degree program may apply.  Eligible programs include Ag Business, Ag Production, Aviation, Computer Programming, Information Technology, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Energy Resources, Veterinary Technology, Web Development and Design, Wind Energy and Turbine Technology, and STEM-related transfer programs.  Students in pre-med transfer programs may be eligible for scholarships, however, nursing students intending to pursue a BSN are not included on the approved list.
This program will work closely with Iowa Lakes’ governor-appointed STEM Hub to develop students’ connections with regional STEM-related industry and organizations as well as prepare students to become leaders in their fields.
Applicants are urged to act immediately as recipients need to be identified in the current application process which ends April 1. 
“Individuals who have not made a final college decision will also be considered for these grants; however they will need to act fast,” said Jolene Rogers, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement at Iowa Lakes.
For More Information:
Abi Sedlacek, Grant Writer, 712-362-0418
Dr. Robert Klepper, Professor of Science, 712-362-7959
Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, 712-362-0491
Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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