Va. Scholarship Contest Celebrates Women Interested In STEM

October 21, 2019

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife will serve as two of the judges for the state’s annual STEM essay contest for young women. 

The STEM essay contest, established in 2012, awarded $25,000 in scholarships to five Virginia students last year. This year, a meri-based and needs-based scholarship will be provided in each of five regions across the state. 

The Virginia Council determines the scholarship value.

High school seniors planning to pursue a STEM degree are eligible to enter. They must be female or identify as female, live in Virginia and currently be a high school senior.

A 3.0 GPA is required for merit-based scholarships, and a 2.5 GPA is required for need-based scholarships.

“As we build the workforce we need to compete in a 21st century economy, we must step up our efforts to encourage young women across Virginia to explore their interests in innovative industries like science, technology, math, and engineering,” Northam said in a statement. 

Interested students can write a 700 to 1,000-word essay describing their motivation for pursuing a STEM career and their anticipated course of STEM study. 

Essays will be judged on spelling, punctuation, grammar, creativity and content, according to the contest website.

The deadline to enter is Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be contacted Feb. 28, 2020.

Get details on the contest here.

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