project lead the way logoApril 29, 2021–Missouri Western State University will offer special competitive scholarships to up to nine graduates from Project Lead the Way (PLTW)-certified high schools starting with the fall 2021 semester.

“Project Lead the Way inspires students through hands-on, real-world challenges, a perfect fit for Missouri Western’s statewide mission of applied learning,” said Dr. Logan Jones, dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies and special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. “These students are motivated and have expressed an interest in STEM careers, they have worked hard to develop in-demand skills, and we’re pleased to recognize that interest, work and skills with these scholarships.”

PLTW provides hands-on STEM learning experiences for PreK-12 students across the United States, while providing teachers with the training, resources and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

There are more than 12,200 PLTW-certified schools and 15,000 programs throughout the country, including the three high schools and four middle schools in the St. Joseph School District.

Missouri Western will offer one-time scholarships of $500 to up to three students in each of three STEM disciplines: biology, chemistry and engineering technology. To be eligible for the competitive scholarship, a student must graduate from a certified PLTW high school and complete a minimum of two PLTW courses.

Missouri Western becomes just the sixth member of the PLTW College and University Partnership Network in Missouri, and the only one north of Interstate 70. 

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