Careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are on the rise along with tuition costs.
Lone Star College-Kingwood students who transfer to the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Sciences and Technology may apply for the Kingwood STEM Scholarship. If accepted, recipients will receive money to cover tuition, fees and other associated costs.
“This scholarship will provide a financial opportunity for recent graduates with associate of science degrees who wish to further their education and earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM-related fields at the University of Houston Downtown,” said Nicole Keenan, director of admissions and outreach at LSC-Kingwood.
The Kingwood STEM Scholars program began in the 2019-2020 academic year. Each recipient receives $15,000 per year and can apply for renewal the following year. To be eligible, students must complete an associate degree or a minimum of 24 transfer credit hours at LSC-Kingwood; declare a major in applied statistics, biological and physical sciences, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, data science, engineering technology, geosciences or mathematics; register and maintain a full load (12 or more hours) at UHD; and sustain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
“This scholarship was created at UHD by a very generous, anonymous donor who wants to support students from Kingwood and the surrounding communities who are interested in pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math at UHD and careers in these fields afterward,” said Louis Evans, executive director of off-campus and online coordination at UHD.
The Kingwood STEM Scholars program has helped students not only pay for their tuition but also defray other costs.
“The scholarship money helped pay for my tuition expenses, housing and health insurance this semester. It allowed me to take this semester off work to focus entirely on my education without any financial anxiety,” said Amy Medeski, who graduated in 2017 from LSC-Kingwood with an associate of science degree and a Spring 2020 graduate from UHD with a bachelor’s degree in biological and physical sciences. Her goal is to earn a Ph.D. in environmental science and ethics and remain in academia to research and develop sustainable and ethical education in science.