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Anoka-Ramsey Community College is excited to announce its partnership in a $5 million Scholarship in STEM (S-STEM) grant to provide scholarships to students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Ridgewater College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and St. Cloud State University. The partnership will recruit and support academically high-achieving students who are interested in pursuing a STEM-related degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.

The $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide support for students over the next five years. Of the 1,536 active National Science Foundation S-STEM grants, only 1 percent are funded for more than $4 million, which means the ACCESS STEM consortium is among the top 1 percent of grants by funding. It is also the first multi-institution project funded by an S-STEM grant in Minnesota.

Scholars at Anoka-Ramsey are eligible to receive up to $7,500 per year for two years. Scholars who receive a two-year scholarship and complete their STEM degree program at Anoka-Ramsey will have the opportunity to receive an additional two-year scholarship of up to $9,000 per year once transferred to St. Cloud State University.

Anoka-Ramsey STEM programs:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

National Science Foundation

NSFThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1742517. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

  • To be considered, applicants must:

    1. Be citizens of the United States, Nationals of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
    2. Be enrolled full time in a program leading to a STEM degree at the associate level. Applicants must be first-year college students or attended college as a PSEO student, and enrollment must be full-time for each semester a student receives a scholarship. Students at ARCC will need to transfer to St. Cloud State to receive an additional two-year scholarship at St. Cloud State.
    3. Demonstrate academic potential or ability with a high school GPA above 3.0 and an ACT Math score of 22 or above.
    4. Eligibility for a PELL grant as determined by the completion of their FAFSA.
  • Scholarship applications will be accepted beginning in spring semester 2018.


    1. Anoka-Ramsey General Application 
    2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


    1. Watch the Instructional Video 

    2. Go to the ACCESS STEM Application
      • Click on Admissions, and select “Click here to create your account”
      • Complete the process to create your account

    3. You will need the following to complete the application:
      • Your high school GPA and relevant test score information
      • Two letters of recommendation from academic professionals, one of which should be a high school STEM teacher
      • A 500 word essay about your career goals

    4. Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed by the selection committee.

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