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  • Your passion for science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) could land you a generous scholarship. If you have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need*, you could eligible for a $6,500 scholarship to study a STEM field at St. Petersburg College through a National Science Foundation grant. The Tampa Bay SEEDS (Scholarship for Education and Employment Development in STEM) program is designed to open doors to education and career opportunities in STEM fields for students, particularly those who are underrepresented in these fields.

    Apply by Feb. 23, 2018

    * Financial need as defined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    The Tampa Bay SEEDS (Scholarship for Education and Employment Development in STEM) program opens doors for students to education and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The grant emphasizes providing such opportunities to students from populations who are underrepresented in these fields.

    Scholars receive a three-term, $6,500 scholarship and take part in STEM-related activities and internships while in the program. New scholars are chosen each fall and spring term and become cohorts. Students are taught, mentored and supported by an interdisciplinary team of STEM faculty and student support personnel, including academic advisors, financial aid staff and career development center staff.

    This holistic approach is coordinated across SPC’s multiple campuses and managed by STEM faculty advisors. St. Petersburg College has a strongly held vision for student success across the college, enabling advisors to streamline and customize academic, financial and career support services to give SEEDS scholars a foundation to reach their academic potential.

    St. Petersburg College was awarded this $520,000 grant to help strengthen the skills of Tampa Bay’s future workforce.

  • Eligibility

    Scholarship applications are screened using a flexible two-tier process with eligibility requirements from NSF and SPC. The following are applicants’ eligibility requirements. NSF and GPA requirements must be met each semester. 

    NSF eligibility guidelines 

    • Be a citizen of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to United States for permanent residence.
    • Demonstrate financial need as outlined by the U.S. Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid as determined on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Be enrolled full-time in one of the qualifying STEM programs at St. Petersburg College for each term for which a scholarship is awarded. These include:
      • Biological or natural sciences (does not include dental, PA or other medical and clinical fields)
      • Physical sciences (physics, chemistry, astronomy and materials science)
      • Math
      • Computer science and information technology
      • Engineering or engineering technology
      • Environmental science technology

    SPC eligibility requirements 

    • Designation of good academic standing with a GPA at or above 2.50 on a 4.00 scale; OR less than 2.50 GPA with a letter of recommendation from a SPC STEM instructor
    • Passing grades in college algebra plus one additional STEM course
    • Submission of a one-page essay demonstrating a commitment to STEM education and/or career opportunities
    • Personal interview with the SEEDS Scholar Selection Committee panel to discuss applicant’s background and academic and career goals, while assessing the applicant’s professionalism and motivation for STEM education and/or career opportunities.

    How to apply

    Applications for the Fall 2016 semester will be accepted later this spring through the SPC Foundation Website. 

    Once the Foundation application period for Fall 2016 scholarships opens, applicants will need to complete the SPC Foundation general scholarship application, which includes two letters of recommendation.

    See details of this scholarship on the Foundation site

  • Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at STEM by the Bay! 

    In collaboration with SPC's Tampa Bay SEEDs Scholarship Program, the Bay Pines STEM Center is hosting the STEM by the Bay Conference, Workshops, and Service events this January 12, 13, and 15. This free event is open to all SPC students. Registration for this event can be for a single day, or for all three days. Read more.

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  • Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

    • There were over 8.3 million STEM jobs in May 2014, representing about 6.2% of total U.S. employment.
    • Seven of the 10 largest STEM occupations were related to computers.
    • 93 of the 100 STEM occupations had wages significantly higher than that of all occupations.
    • The highest paying STEM occupations were petroleum engineers, (annual mean wage of $147,520) physicists ($117,300); and the three STEM-related management occupations.
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  
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