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APEX Engineering Scholarships

Alternative Pathways to Excellence (APEX) Engineering Scholarship Program

The APEX Engineering Scholarship Program at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering is for academically talented undergraduate students already on the path to an engineering degree. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to support the needs of low-income engineering students, particularly those who have not followed a traditional educational path. Transfer students from two- and four-year colleges are encouraged to apply. 

Each scholarship provides an annual award of up to $10,000, is renewable for up to two more years to support the final years of study, and can be combined with other St. Thomas scholarships and federal aid. In addition, APEX scholars will receive a one-time $500 stipend for participating in a 2-day program kick-off at the end of August.

As an APEX scholar, you will receive one-on-one faculty mentoring, peer support and tutoring, career counseling, and specialized networking opportunities. 

Download the APEX Engineering Scholarship Flyer (PDF file - updated 9/28/2022).

Contact

Dr. Jenny Holte

Dr. Jenny Holte headshot
Phone Number
651-962-5763

What You Need to Know

  • Eligibility
  • Application Process
  • Eligibility

    An individual who meets ALL the following requirements is eligible to apply: 

    • Has a strong college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. 
    • Is admitted to the University of St. Thomas. 
    • Has completed the FAFSA and is Pell grant and/or Minnesota State Grant (MSG) eligible. 
    • Is a US citizen, permanent US resident, US national or admitted refugee.
    • Has completed enough pre-engineering coursework to finish a BS in engineering in three or fewer years. 

    Scholarship recipients must major in civil, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering and attend the University of St. Thomas full-time to remain eligible. 

    Application Process

    Applications for Fall 2024 are now being accepted.

    APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE #1:
    Applications received by April 30, 2024 will be given full consideration with awards announced in May.

    APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE #2:
    Applications received between May1, 2024 and June 15, 2024 will be considered if funding is still available with awards announced in July.

    Applications received after June 15, 2024 will be considered as they are received only if funding remains.

    Students who have met the scholarship eligibility requirements are invited to submit an online scholarship application.  

    The online application will ask you three questions which you will want to prepare before starting the form. You will have the option of uploading a single file OR a sharing a link to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.:

    1. "Briefly describe your post-high school accomplishments." (You are encouraged to consider your accomplishments in all areas of your experiences such as school activities, work, family responsibilities, community service, athletics, etc.)

    2. "Tell us about a meaningful teamwork experience." (Describe how any of the following elements were present in your experience: a constructive team climate, respectful team members engagement, positive constructive communication, encouragement of team members with expression of confidence in abilities to accomplish tasks, and/or taking on and completing assignments.)
       
    3. "Share an example of when you have identified a growth mindset in yourself." (How did you seek out challenges, persist despite difficulties, use effort as a path to mastery, learn from criticism, and/or take inspiration from others’ successes?)

      Upload Requirements:
      • Number of files: 1
      • Accepted formats: Word (.docx), PDF, or video (avi, mp4, etc.)
      • File name: Lastname_Firstname (e.g. Doe_Joan.pdf, Doe_John.docx, Doe_Joan.avi, etc.)
      • Size limit: 100MB.
        If you wish to do a video response and your file exceeds 100MB, you may upload a .docx file with a link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

    If you have questions about creating and uploading a file, you may contact the School of Engineering Transfer Coordinator, Dr. Jenny Holte, at jholte@stthomas.edu.

    Apply for APEX Engineering Scholarship

    Eligibility

    An individual who meets ALL the following requirements is eligible to apply: 

    • Has a strong college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. 
    • Is admitted to the University of St. Thomas. 
    • Has completed the FAFSA and is Pell grant and/or Minnesota State Grant (MSG) eligible. 
    • Is a US citizen, permanent US resident, US national or admitted refugee.
    • Has completed enough pre-engineering coursework to finish a BS in engineering in three or fewer years. 

    Scholarship recipients must major in civil, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering and attend the University of St. Thomas full-time to remain eligible. 

    Application Process

    Applications for Fall 2024 are now being accepted.

    APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE #1:
    Applications received by April 30, 2024 will be given full consideration with awards announced in May.

    APPLICATION PRIORITY DEADLINE #2:
    Applications received between May1, 2024 and June 15, 2024 will be considered if funding is still available with awards announced in July.

    Applications received after June 15, 2024 will be considered as they are received only if funding remains.

    Students who have met the scholarship eligibility requirements are invited to submit an online scholarship application.  

    The online application will ask you three questions which you will want to prepare before starting the form. You will have the option of uploading a single file OR a sharing a link to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.:

    1. "Briefly describe your post-high school accomplishments." (You are encouraged to consider your accomplishments in all areas of your experiences such as school activities, work, family responsibilities, community service, athletics, etc.)

    2. "Tell us about a meaningful teamwork experience." (Describe how any of the following elements were present in your experience: a constructive team climate, respectful team members engagement, positive constructive communication, encouragement of team members with expression of confidence in abilities to accomplish tasks, and/or taking on and completing assignments.)
       
    3. "Share an example of when you have identified a growth mindset in yourself." (How did you seek out challenges, persist despite difficulties, use effort as a path to mastery, learn from criticism, and/or take inspiration from others’ successes?)

      Upload Requirements:
      • Number of files: 1
      • Accepted formats: Word (.docx), PDF, or video (avi, mp4, etc.)
      • File name: Lastname_Firstname (e.g. Doe_Joan.pdf, Doe_John.docx, Doe_Joan.avi, etc.)
      • Size limit: 100MB.
        If you wish to do a video response and your file exceeds 100MB, you may upload a .docx file with a link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

    If you have questions about creating and uploading a file, you may contact the School of Engineering Transfer Coordinator, Dr. Jenny Holte, at jholte@stthomas.edu.

    Apply for APEX Engineering Scholarship