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National Science Foundation Awards $552,000 to Bakersfield College for STEM Programs

The National Science Foundation has awarded Bakersfield College $552,000 to develop the STEM A+PLUS (Action, Persistence, Leadership, Understanding, and Success) Scholarships program. The STEM A+PLUS program is under the direction of co-principal investigators Wayne Cooper, Rageshwar Kaur Goldberg, Edward Ham, Liz Rozell, and Jose Saldivar and was made possible by a grant application written by Bakersfield College STEM Program Director Rageshwar Kaur Goldberg.

The STEM A+PLUS scholarship program will provide $3,000 per year for three years to participating students plus another $3,000 in their first semester of transfer to a four-year college or university.  At Bakersfield College, STEM education encompasses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The majors eligible for the A+PLUS Scholarship are General Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Geology, and Mathematics.

Interested high school seniors should contact Goldberg by email at or at 661-395-4298. Applicants will need to complete an application which includes two recommendations from teachers, copies of current transcripts, and two short essays. An additional round of 20 scholarships will be awarded for students starting courses at Bakersfield College in Fall 2013.

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