WNCC becomes part of STEM scholarship program

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - Western Nebraska Community College receives a portion of a grant to help build the STEM curriculum with University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Southeast Community College.

The school will receive $409,500 of the five year, $3.56 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation.

With this grant, the three institutions can provide scholarships and academic support for talented, low-income students, targeting underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation, and rural students.

The grant is similar to the SITE grant from 2007-2012 in which WNCC used $250,000 over a five-year span to an average of 11 students per year.

Students at WNCC are allowed to carry the scholarship over to UNL if they wish to pursue a four-year degree. This marks the first transferable scholarship the program has seen.

Based off the Federal Student Aid application, scholarships can be as much as $8,000 per year, renewable for two years at WNCC and SCC or four years at UNL.