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New scholarship targets Project Lead the Way participants

Students from Ritenour High School, a St. Louis public high school build cars during a high school day on campus.

The University of Missouri College of Engineering has embraced a national program aimed at igniting the imagination and innovative aptitude of middle and high school students in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides schools with STEM curricular programs based on the idea that today’s students need to develop critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will make them productive and competitive in the world’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. The program engages students to create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science.

More than 400,000 students throughout the United States are taking PLTW courses in the 2011-2012 academic year. In Missouri, 87 pre-engineering programs and 13 biomedical sciences programs have been initiated in high schools, and 44 Gateway to Technology PLTW programs have been adopted in middle schools.

Mizzou Engineering has created partnerships with participating schools by inviting students in PLTW classrooms for campus visits, sharing opportunities in engineering with students through school visits and most recently, has created a PLTW scholarship. The $500 scholarship is available to any student who has completed a minimum of two PLTW courses and scored an 80 percent or higher on both end-of-class exams within the PLTW curriculum.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must be enrolled full time in the MU College of Engineering, and also must meet the college’s minimum merit requirements for scholarships. More information is available at http://engineering.missouri.edu/scholarships/