WSU Tri-Cities launches new STEM Scholars program

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

STEM-scholarsRICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities will reward up to 10 talented high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with an $8,400 per year academic scholarship, for up to four years, as part of its new STEM Scholars program.

WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Keith Moo-Young said growing student interest in STEM careers benefits not only the students who pursue those fields, but also the nation and world.

“Right now, there are thousands of STEM positions that the industry is unable to fill,” he said. “Through this program we are encouraging students to pursue STEM degrees, which satisfies demands for those positions while allowing the United States to continue to be a leader in innovation, research and technological advancement.”

Through formal and informal activities, students will develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty. This will result in greater understanding of their academic pursuit, affirmation of career choices and enhanced preparedness for a career path, said Chris Meiers, vice chancellor of enrollment management and student services.

For priority consideration, students must submit an interest form and complete eligibility steps by Jan. 31. Students can submit an interest form at

To be eligible, students must:
• Apply to WSU Tri-Cities as a first-time freshman
• Submit the WSU Tri-Cities general scholarship application
• Maintain a high school grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.75 based on a 4.0 scale
• Officially pursue a STEM-based major available at WSU Tri-Cities
• Once enrolled, maintain a full-time student status at WSU Tri-Cities, complete 24 credits per year with a 3.0 GPA and actively participate in STEM Learning Community activities.

Eligible majors for the program include:
• Civil engineering
• Computer science
• Electrical engineering
• Mechanical engineering
• Environmental science
• General biological science
• General mathematics
• General physical sciences


Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities public relations, 509-372-7333,