Science studies pay off for Rockford’s Amanda Scotting
St. Cloud State University student Amanda Scotting, of Rockford, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarship.
Ten scholars earned two-year stipends of $18,200 through the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SSTEM) program, an NSF initiative.
Recipients are eligible for travel stipends for conferences, field trips and paid summer internships at a national laboratory. NSF scholarship recipients were honored Dec. 5 at an award ceremony in Atwood Memorial Center.
The scholarship program is intended to increase the capacity of high-demand STEM areas via recruitment, retention and graduation of students including underrepresented groups.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73 percent of new STEM jobs through 2020 will be in computing, with only 40,000 graduates to fill 135,000 jobs.