Purpose and Philosophy
The Tulare County Student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Entrepreneur Award program was established to raise awareness among Tulare County’s youth of the critical role that the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics plays in building entrepreneurship in America. The scholarship recognizes and honors students by providing financial assistance as they pursue their higher education.
TUCOEMAS Federal Credit Union will grant two STEM Entrepreneur Awards in the amount of $1,000 each. The 2014 STEM Awards will be presented at the 2014 Gas Company Challenge for Student Entrepreneurs on March 25 at the Visalia Convention Center. This award is non-renewable and not based on financial need.
Those eligible to apply for a STEM Award are Tulare County high school juniors and seniors interested in STEM activities. The applicant should demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, such as starting his or her own business, participation in organizations such as DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Junior Achievement and The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, among others, or through other initiatives.
An impartial Selection Committee, assembled by the Tulare County Office of Education and comprised of educators and small-business leaders, will be responsible for selecting the recipient of the scholarship. In evaluating the credentials of the applicant, the Selection Committee will consider each applicant’s academic record, extracurricular activities, leadership activities and character. Evidence of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative will be heavily weighted. As a general rule, applicants should be ranked in the top quarter of their high school class to receive serious consideration. The scholarship recipient will be notified of the results of the competition at least one week prior to the presentation date — March 25, 2014.
To submit an application, the following items must be included:
All documents must be received by Friday, March 14, 2014, no later than 4:00 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.
Questions? Contact the College and Career Partnerships office at (559) 733-6101.
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