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NSF grant provides scholarships for 27 UW-Stout students

MENOMONIE — Twenty-seven students who are attending or plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout have been awarded $146,280 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year through a National Science Foundation grant.

Ryan Veith of Knapp received one of the Stars scholarships that were awarded to 22 current students or new students in the environmental science or applied science programs. Stars scholarships are not renewable.

The scholarships come from a $567,000 NSF S-STEM grant awarded in 2009 to Kitrina Carlson and Krista James in the biology department at UW-Stout. S-STEM stands for Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The S-STEM scholarships were awarded recently by UW-Stout in two categories, Future Leader scholarships and Stars scholarships.

Scholarship winners must be enrolled full time, show financial need and demonstrate academic success and leadership. Along with the funding, scholars receive academic benefits by meeting monthly with their advisers, partnering with advanced environmental science and applied science scholars and acting as peer mentors during their second year in the program.