DUBLIN – Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a Student STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program that prepares Ohio’s future workforce to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market and the innovation economy. The program emphasizes the importance of applying STEM and innovation to solve problems, and how to create solutions by developing marketplace opportunities through research and technological design.
Recently, 124 juniors and seniors from 90 high schools throughout Ohio were recognized for their contributions and earned the Believe in Ohio STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholarship. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend any Ohio college, university, or post-secondary career center. The application process evaluated academic achievement, answers to essay questions, and proof a validated accomplishment in STEM Innovation and entrepreneurship.
Local students receiving scholarships were Madison Jeffries and Isaac Edelmann, both of Anna High School; and Meghan Chamberlin and Annamarie Stiver, both of Lehman Catholic High School.
“STEM and entrepreneurship are a powerful combination for solving needs-based problems that drive new business formation,” said Michael E. Woytek, executive director for The Ohio Academy of Science. Woytek went on to add, “Ohio has a long tradition of innovation, and these students are the future professionals needed to propel Ohio’s innovation economy.”
Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, curriculum-based, STEM and entrepreneurship program that supports both high school and middle school students. The program is designed to create a “Culture of Innovation” and pathways to Ohio’s colleges, universities, and technical centers. Believe in Ohio is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science and was developed in collaboration with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio.