Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | March 29, 2011

IT and STEM Scholarships Available to RI Students

Three scholarships totaling $6,500 are now being offered to local students planning to or currently pursuing IT and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degrees.

Scholarship Details
Fibertech Networks / Tech Collective Scholarship – $3,000 scholarship established for one female Rhode Island high school student pursuing a degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or other IT field.

Lighthouse Computer Services / Tech Collective Scholarship – $1,000 scholarship established for a Rhode Island high school, college, or university student pursuing a degree in the IT, Computer Information Systems or Management Information Systems fields. Students must have an affiliation, either directly or through a parent, to the US Military.

Doug Schwinn / Tech Collective Scholarship – $2,500 scholarship established for a female or minority high school student pursuing a degree in the IT or STEM fields.

All applications are due no later than Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Click here for more information, scholarship guidelines and to download applications.

These educational opportunities come at a time when the gap between STEM job applicants and employer talent needs continues to grow. The three Tech Collective and Partners scholarships aim to both raise IT and STEM industry and career awareness among the public as well as aid in the funding and development of Rhode Island’s IT and STEM workforce pipeline.

In Rhode Island alone, over half of employers report they are inadequately staffed in IT. (Report of the RI Information Technology Skills Gap Report. Tech Collective, 2007.) Nationally, co-author of Closing America’s Job Gap, Tapan Munroe, reports: “By 2015, 60 percent of the new U.S. jobs created will require skills held by only 20 percent of the work force according to the ASTD [American Society for Training and Development]… By 2015, more than three-quarters of the new jobs created in the U.S. will require highly skilled workers, particularly in STEM subjects.” (Tapan Munroe. “Munroe: Skills gap at heart of America’s joblessness.” Contra Costa Times, January 29, 2011. http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_17218361?source=rss&nclick_check=1. )


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