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Tulare County Student STEM Entrepreneur Award
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.

The Award
TUCOEMAS Federal Credit Union will grant two STEM Entrepreneur Awards in the amount of $1,000 each. The 2016 STEM Awards will be presented at the 2016 Southern California Gas Company Challenge for Student Entrepreneurs on March 9 at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel. 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.

Selection Procedure
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 prior to the presentation date.

Application Process
To submit an application, the following items must be included:
  • The completed application/activity sheet and essay

  • Your high school record (use provided form to give to your guidance counselor)

  • All items must be packaged TOGETHER and mailed/delivered to:
Tulare County Student STEM Entrepreneur Award
c/o College and Career Readiness Program
Tulare County Office of Education
P.O. Box 5091
Visalia, CA 93278-5091
(559) 733-6101

Download and print the application.

All documents must be received by Wednesday, March 2, 2016, no later than 4:00 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

Questions? Contact the College and Career Readiness office at (559) 733-6101.

The application file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. Download the freeware version here.

Sponsored by Tulare County Office of Education, Tucoemas Federal Credit Union and Innovate Tulare-Kings