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New T2C2 Scholarship for High School Students

Unique New Program to Provide Scholarships to High School Students Entering Community Colleges in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Teaching Fields

Aug. 6, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The American Honda Foundation and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) have announced the creation of the Teaching and Technology Community College (T2C2) Scholarship Program. The program is for high school students who have an interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or teaching disciplines, and who are undecided about and/or not financially positioned to pursue a four-year degree. Priority participation will be given to students representing low-income families.

One eligibility requirement for the community college scholarship is that the applicant has competed in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Science Bowl® at the regional level at least once during his or her high school term. The DOE National Science Bowl® is administered by ORAU for the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists within DOE's Office of Science.

The goal is to award ten scholarships through the program. A 10-week continuous, off-campus research internship at a DOE national laboratory or at a Honda technology facility is required during the summer between the student's first and second year. DOE will sponsor the research internship.

"This scholarship program is unique," said Bill Valdez, director of the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists within DOE's Office of Science. "No program currently exists that provides scholarships to high school students entering community colleges in the STEM or teaching fields. About 75 percent of the 15,000 students who participate in DOE's DOE National Science Bowl® regional competitions each year are high school seniors, so the application pool that can be reached for this program is high."

"Together with Honda, DOE and ORAU can use this scholarship program to take the experience of the DOE National Science Bowl® competitions a step further—to community college education and real-world experience," said Cathy Fore, director of collaborative initiatives at ORAU. "This program will help increase enrollments in STEM disciplines at community colleges, which are going to continue to be of tremendous importance in educating America's youth."

To apply, students are encouraged to visit the DOE National Science Bowl® Community College Scholarship Program Web site. Applications must include an official high school transcript, an official score sheet from either the SAT or the ACT, two letters of recommendation from an academic source such as a teacher or coach and proof of admission to an institution of higher learning, if available. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2009. ORAU will review the applications and DOE will select the winners, which will be announced on Dec. 15, 2009.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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