Excellence and Equity
in Community College STEM Award

An Aspen-Siemens Partnership
Apply for the 2020-2021 Award!
Nationwide, employers are searching for skilled talent in high-wage, high-demand STEM fields like health care, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and energy.

Meanwhile, millions of people, particularly women, people of color, and those from lower-income communities, remain left out of these STEM talent pipelines.

Community colleges can help to bridge this gap by connecting diverse talent with excellent STEM programs that lead to economic mobility. The Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award recognizes and researches those that do.  

This partnership between the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation aims to: 

Identify and elevate strong community college STEM programs that are delivering excellent technical education and broadening talent pipelines to high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Eight winning programs are chosen each cycle and receive $50,000 each for further program development and student scholarships. 
Recognize and support diverse students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars, who are excelling in community college STEM pathways.

Siemens Technical Scholars are chosen from within each of the eight award-winning community college programs. 
Research and share effective practices from winning programs. Insights from this research are compiled into open-source tools and resources for community college leaders and practitioners.

Explore these and other workforce education resources here


Eligible community colleges are chosen based on institutional performance on several key student success, outcomes, and equity metrics.

Program Winners

Explore past program winners from institutions across the country.

Siemens Technical Scholars

Learn about the backstories of past outstanding Siemens Technical Scholars.


Blog: Opening Doors to STEM—For All Students
2018 SIEMENS-Aspen Community College STEM Award
2015 Siemens Technical Scholars
Contact us for more information.
Tess Henthorne, Program Manager