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Scholarships available for STEM students.

When looking for the perfect gift for the aspiring scientist or engineer in your family, why not consider the gift of education by helping the students in your life participate in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentoring or scholarship program?

The following list of programs may be of interest to your budding STEM students.

The ACE Mentor Program and Scholarship unites professionals with students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction and engineering. Design teams are created with mentors guiding high school students through an actual design project. Held throughout the school year in after school sessions, teams display their final designs at year end with winners presenting their designs to school, family, civic and professional organizations.

In its fifth year, the Frederick, Md., affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program is sponsored by local companies such as Bechtel, Gilbane, Millennium Resource Engineering and Morgan-Keller. "We recruit applicants from public, private and home school backgrounds, but we don't base acceptance on grades," said Carol Ritz, Bechtel's ACE vice chairperson. "We target students who have a well-rounded education with a good knowledge of mathematics, and though determined to be successful, are not quite sure where to go."

Since its inception, the Frederick program has more than doubled the number of students accepted from 40 to 82. The program also offers opportunities for scholarships, assistance with summer internships and job placement for ACE program graduates. See

"Discover the Magic of Learning" is the motto for Disney's Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) where kindergarten through 12th grade students visit Disney theme parks to see how classroom principles apply to real life. Barbara Blake, program manager at Walt Disney World, works with teachers and special interest groups to design three-hour, in park experiences that test the theories of many disciplines, including STEM.

Walt Disney World currently offers 19 programs including several science programs focused on the principles of energy, motion, trajectory, gravity, light and sound waves. See

Women In Defense created the HORIZONS scholarship fund in 1988 to "help foster women's growth in national security," and awarded its 101st scholarship this year.

"What makes our scholarship unique is that it allows women to study a multitude of disciplines that benefit national security in unique ways," said Jane Patrick Casey, WID staff director. "For example, a commerce student who focuses on identifying terrorist banking activity could qualify for our scholarship."

Brenda McKinney, director of the HORIZONS Scholarship Program, said that this year's recipients included a mechanical engineering student working on robotics projects for the military, and a public policy and management student working with the Secret Service. "I am amazed at what these young women have accomplished!" she said.

Applications for this scholarship are due July 1 each year, and many of WID's local chapters also offer additional scholarships and mentoring programs. See

The National Defense Industrial Association has created a new scholarship for students seeking graduate and doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines. The Leonard P. Gollobin Graduate Scholarship was named in honor of a former NDIA chairman of the board. It is administered by the NDIA STEM Workforce Division.

Recipients of this scholarship are required to work a minimum of one year for an NDIA member company, and applications are due by April 2010. See

To submit information about additional programs, contact Britt Bommelje at

Cynthia D. Miller is President of Miller.Omni.Media, Inc., a woman-owned small business specializing in strategic communications, marketing and media production. She can be reached at
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