OTC Gains $25,000 Grant for STEM Scholarships for Women

Women who want to pursue a career in a field related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics will have the opportunity to gain a scholarship to do just that at Ozarks Technical Community College.

OTC announced Wednesday the Coca-Cola Foundation Women in STEM Scholarship that will give $500 per semester to 25 students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

“We’ve seen women thrive in medical programs like nursing and dental hygiene, but women also find success in fields such as mathematics, physics, fire science and emergency medical services,” Dr. Tracy McGrady, OTC vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in a statement. “These scholarships will encourage women to pursue STEM degrees and increase the diversity of qualified employees entering the workforce.”

The American Association of University Women released a report noting that despite high school girls outperforming boys in math and science classes, only 28 percent of STEM jobs are filled by women.

The following OTC fields of study will qualify for application for the scholarship:

AgricultureDiesel TechnologyNetworking Technology
Automotive TechnologyDrafting and Design TechnologyNursing
Aviation Flight TechnologyEngineeringOccupational Therapy Assistant
Biological Clinical ScienceFire Science TechnologyParamedicine
BiologyHealth Information TechnologyPhysical Therapist Assistant
ChemistryHeating, Refrigeration and Air ConditioningPrecision Machining Technology
Computer Information ScienceIndustrial Systems TechnologyPre-Pharmacy
Computer ScienceInformation TechnologyRemanufacturing Technology
Construction TechnologyManufacturing TechnologyRespiratory Therapy
Dental AssistingMathematicsSurgical Technology
Dental HygieneMedical Laboratory TechnicianWelding Technology

The Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company sought the partnership with OTC.

“When I heard about the grant opportunity from Coca-Cola, I immediately reached out to OTC,” Sally Hargis, chairman of the board at Ozarks Coca-Cola, said in a statement. “These scholarships will have a positive impact on the students, and the college is turning out graduates with highly sought-after skills and training.”

The application for OTC Foundation scholarships opens on March 1, 2021.

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