History and Evolution of the Award

In an era of escalating higher education costs and constrained family budgets, hundreds of thousands of community college students are today enrolled in programs that deliver the skills needed for well-paying jobs in STEM industries such as advanced manufacturing, energy, information technology, and health care. The critical thinking and technical skills demanded by the best of these programs—which typically require two years of higher education—set students up for the kind of success that, in our popular culture, is often associated with longer degree pathways. Strong job growth, combined with expected openings left by retiring baby boomers, will create sustained opportunity in these fields.

Aspen partnered with the Siemens Foundation to raise the profile of programs that provide students with good jobs - those that are in high demand and provide strong wages. In the first two cycles, the program awarded scholarships to 80 students and recent graduates of middle-skill STEM programs in community colleges across the nation.

This year, in addition to recognizing and awarding scholarships to Siemens Technical Scholars, winning programs will also receive $25,000 each to further their program goals and outcomes. Pulling from the strong practices at these programs, Aspen will develop a toolkit for college leaders with practices, case studies, and templates designed to increase STEM program enrollment. 
Contact us for more information.
Tess Henthorne, Program Manager