SCTCC partners with SCSU on ACCESS STEM

Campus News
September 11, 2017

St. Cloud State University and four Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State), including SCTCC, are joining together at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at North Hennepin Community College Campus Center to celebrate a $5 million Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  

The Academic Collaboration and Coordination Model to Ensure Student Success in STEM (ACCESS STEM) partnership earned the $5 million grant to provide scholarships and support to Pell-eligible students at St. Cloud State and Anoka-Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin Community College (NHCC), Ridgewater College and SCTCC.

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.

The grant will help more students access a college education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields during the next five years including 60 scholarship recipients at the community colleges and 40 recipients at St. Cloud State. The students then have the opportunity to transfer to St. Cloud State and continue their scholarship in pursuit of a four-year degree in STEM.

The event will feature remarks by:

  • Devinder Malhotra, Minnesota State interim chancellor
  • Ashish Vaidya, St. Cloud State interim president
  • Barbara McDonald, NHCC president
  • Staff from the offices of Rep. Tom Emmer and Sen. Al Franken’s
  • Melissa Stiegler, Emerson director of project management
  • Chris Harrold, Medtronic vice president for quality

St. Cloud State STEM students who have received past NSF scholarships will speak about how scholarships have made a difference in their education.

Kate Wallace