SC Johnson STEM Scholars Program Eligibility and Requirements

The SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway provides a pathway for students entering STEM-related fields to earn their associate degree at Gateway Technical College and transfer to complete their bachelor’s degree at Carthage College, Concordia University Wisconsin or Milwaukee School of Engineering.

In order to be eligible for the SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway program, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway is open to:
    • Female students
    • Underrepresented students of color
      • Underrepresented students of color include American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander or other ethnic groups underrepresented in science and engineering.
    • Low income students 
      • Low income students include any individual or member of a family who receives need-based financial assistance, or whose income is at or below the poverty level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This includes: 
        • Students with an annual family income of less than $50,000 
        • Students who have applied for Federal Student Aid and has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less
        • Student is a ward of the state  
        • Student resides in foster home
        • Student is homeless
  • Be a high school senior graduating on-time, attending a high school in Racine County and reside within the Racine Unified School District
    • Students can verify the school district they reside in by contacting Racine Unified School District or searching their address on the DPI website.
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time of application 
  • Complete the STEM Scholars Pathway program application by April 1, 2021 August 13, 2021. (Deadline extended. Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until all scholarships have been awarded. Students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible for consideration.)
    As part of the application, you must:
    • Submit a copy of your high school transcript
    • Complete a statement of purpose
    • Submit  the name and email address of a high school counselor, high school teacher, or school administrator that is willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Applicants must have at least one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation must be submitted by April 8, 2021  August 1, 2021.
    • Students identifying as low income will need to submit one of the following forms of additional documentation:
      • Students with an annual family income of less than $50,000 must submit: 
        • An IRS W-2 statement for all adult family members OR 
        • A copy of their family 2020 federal taxes OR
        • A letter from a Wisconsin state agency showing the student/family receives public assistance (current Food Share, WIC, Badger Care benefits letter or card)
      • Students who have applied for Federal Student Aid and has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $3,000 or less must submit a copy of their FAFSA confirmation email
      • Students that are a ward of the state must provide a letter from the state
      • Students that reside in foster home must provide a letter from the county addressed to the student or foster parent(s).
      • Students that are homeless must provide a letter from a clergy, shelter staff, etc.
  • Complete the Gateway Technical College application for admission and be admitted to your chosen program at Gateway by April 1, 2021 August 1, 2021 (Deadline extended. See details above.)
  • Enroll in one of the following Gateway Technical College programs: Electrical Engineering Technology,  Architectural-Structural Engineering Technician, IT- Data Analytics Specialist, IT-Cybersecurity Specialist, IT-Network Specialist, IT-Software Developer or IT- Web Software Developer
  • Enroll as a full-time student at Gateway for the Fall Semester immediately following your senior year
  • Attend the mandatory STEM Scholars Pathway kickoff and summer bridge program

 

Once accepted as a STEM Scholar, students must meet the following ongoing requirements to continue to remain eligible for the SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway:

  • Enroll in at least 12 credits per semester (minimum of 30 credits per academic year) during each of the four years of program participation
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater at Gateway Technical College
  • Develop an academic plan for the selected associate degree guided by a Gateway Academic Advisor
  • Complete their associate degree at Gateway Technical College within two academic years (six consecutive semesters). Students will often need to take summer courses to complete their associate degree in two years.
  • Meet the transfer requirements including GPA requirements and transfer into a STEM Scholars-eligible pathway program at Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering
    • STEM Scholars must meet the following transfer requirements for their selected program of study and transfer institution: 
      • Concordia University 
        • All STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs at Concordia: Graduate with an associate degree from Gateway in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study.
      • Carthage College
        • All STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs at Carthage: Graduate with an associate degree from Gateway in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study.
      • Milwaukee School of Engineering
        • Business Administration - MIS bachelor’s degree: Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA at Gateway Technical College in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study.
        • Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree: Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as a C or better in all transfer coursework at Gateway Technical College in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study. 
  • After completing an associate degree, students must immediately transfer to Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering in one of the STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs
  • Maintain academic progress requirements at Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering 
  • Work to complete the bachelor’s degree program within two years as STEM Scholars Pathway program funding is only available for a total of four years - students are responsible for their own funding after four years in the STEM Scholars Pathway program
  • Participate in academic and career-planning workshops and connect with the STEM Scholars Pathway Coordinator during the four years of program participation

If you have any questions about applying, please contact your New Student Specialist.