FIRST Scholarships

Posted by Lori Dale On September 4, 2018 Comments Off

Classes in St. Cloud School District resumed this week.  We hope that everyone has a great first week of school!  The Gearheads will not be meeting this week, so this seemed like a good time to share one of the many things that those of us involved with FIRST appreciate about FIRST.  

In addition to all of the hands-on experience and job skills that team members gain in a wide variety of STEM fields, and a variety of other areas, FIRST has a great scholarship program.  Currently FIRST has over $80 Million in scholarships available, provided by 200 Universities or Organizations.  Many of these scholarships are specific as to University and/or Major, but some are not.  The U of M in the Twin Cities and St. Scholastica are two of the providers of specific scholarships.  Among the non-specific scholarships, one of the more interesting ones is from the "Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation"  for up to $2,500.  This scholarship is awarded to students who will be attending a technical college or trade school and enrolled in a major that leads to a career in manufacturing. 

   One of the more well-known scholarships is the Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship.  This scholarship was named in honor of Bart Kamen, a FIRST supporter, Pediatric Oncologist, and brother of Dean Kamen, FIRST founder.  This scholarship goes to up to 4 students pursuing biomedical engineering or pre-medical degrees.

 Bart Kamen

There is also an award within the FIRST community called the Dean's List award.  While this does not come with specific scholarships, the winners of this award are generally considered among the elite in FIRST and are highly sought out by multiple Colleges and Universities.  Teams may nominate up to 2 students.  The nominees are interviewed. and winners are announced at regional competitions. Those winners advance to Championships, where winners are announced. In 2014 a Minnesota student, Madeleine Logeais, from Mendota Heights was one of the nation Dean's List winners.  

I would be remiss if I did not close with the announcement of our first official team meeting. That will be on Sept. 17, at 5:30 in the Woods Lab at Apollo.  Those coming from outside of the school should enter through the glass door across from the tennis courts. We welcome potential students, mentors, and sponsors at any of our meetings.

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