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Scholarships available for science and technology students

 


State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) is encouraging students interested in science and technology to apply for the New Economy Technology Scholarship (NETS) program for the 2007-08 academic year.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), the program consists of two scholarships that provide up to $3,000 in aid.

“The New Economy Technology Scholarship is a great opportunity for students interested in science and technology to receive aid for college,” Sen. Fontana said. “Science and technology continues to play a vital role in our economy and I strongly encourage more students to consider pursuing careers in this field and to apply for this aid.”

The program offers two different scholarships:

The SciTech Scholarship provides up to $3,000 per academic year to Pennsylvania residents who are enrolled full time in approved science or technology baccalaureate degree programs, for a maximum of three years, with certain exceptions for approved five-year degree programs.

To qualify for the SciTech Scholarship, a student must be at least a sophomore enrolled at a Pennsylvania public or private college or university, must demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 annually for continued eligibility.

SciTech Scholarship recipients must also complete an approved internship or relevant work experience in a field directly related to their major with a company that has operations in Pennsylvania prior to completing their program.

The Technology Scholarship provides up to $1,000 per academic year to Pennsylvania high school graduates who attend a Post-secondary school, but do not choose to pursue a four-year degree. The scholarship will be for a maximum of two years, or up to three years in certain cases.

To qualify for the Technology Scholarship, a student must be a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in an approved science or technology program at a two- or four-year college or licensed technical institute within Pennsylvania. Part-time students may be eligible.

While there is no minimum GPA requirement at the time of application for the Technology Scholarship, a recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 annually for continued eligibility.

Recipients of the SciTech scholarship and the Technology Scholarship must agree to work full time in Pennsylvania for one year for each year that a scholarship is received, otherwise the scholarship converts to a loan that is repayable with interest.

The application-filing deadline for first-time applicants for the 2007-08 calendar year is Dec. 31. First-time applicants 18 years or older can complete their NETS application online.

For more information, visit PHEAA's Web site at http://www.pheaa.org

 

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