Stem Premier Dashboard Scholarship Essay

HOSA is proud to partner with STEM Premier to provide our members with the opportunity to connect with colleges, universities and employers. STEM Premier assists all levels of STEM talent in identifying career pathways, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline.

Through STEM Premier HOSA members will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and internship opportunities, submit their original work for competitive events, and earn badges for recognition and accomplishments.  

How It Works  

1. Create

Students create a profile showcasing everything about themselves: skills, talents, experiences and more. To sign up students will need to provide an email address, contact information, and school information. Additional information that can be added to the student's profile includes: test scores, college admissions information, videos, leadership/community service activities, and videos.

2. Search

Schools and companies search for, identify, and track the next generation of college and career-ready talent.

3. Connect

Conversations are exchanged between talent seekers and upcoming students--establishing direct connections earlier.

4. Thrive

Relationships are built, students discover new opportunities, and colleges and companies deepen their future talent pipeline.

Resources

Competitive Events

  • Used for project content in Job Seeking Skills, Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking, Public Service Announcement, Clinical Specialty, Health Career Photography, Medical Innovation - Original, Medical Innovation - Existing, and MRC Partnership. 
  • Used for Student Eligibility Forms in Personal Care, Life Support Skills, Interviewing Skills, and Speaking Skills
  • STEM Premier and Competitive Event Instructions
  • Please note there is  a file size limit for submissions on STEM Premier.  To avoid an upload error, please be sure to save your PDF as a compressed file or reduce the size of your embeded images. For instructions on how to do this, please visit: http://www.hosa.org/filesize

Scholarships and Opportunities

Information and FAQs

As debate intensifies over the future of higher education in the U.S., much of the focus has centered around the issue of racial and ethnic diversity. However, there is substantial constituency of America’s K-12 students who are going largely ignored: students from the country’s rural areas.

A recent NPR piece - based on findings from The Hechinger Report - highlights this glaring issue. It is highlighted by an alarming statistic. Despite the fact that rural students graduate from high school at a greater rate than the national average, they attend college at lower rates than their urban and suburban peers.

There have been many causes attributed to this phenomenon. Mining, farming, and manufacturing jobs which used to be a hallmark of rural economies have either moved away, become automated, or shut down entirely. The result is that there are simply less opportunities in the communities these students grow up in. Paradoxically, instead of seeking out opportunities in larger cities, most rural students find themselves as products of their environment and lose hope that opportunity awaits them. Like all good sons and daughters, they also want to stay close to home. 

Acknowledging this issue "is critical to our future, not just for employment but for civil discourse and kids feeling like they can contribute and achieve and not feeling lost and ignored," says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, a nonprofit group which encourages students in Kentucky’s coal-mining southeast corner to go to college.

As we’ve noted before in a previous blog post, STEM Premier understands this challenge, and is one of our foremost priorities towards achieving educational equality in the U.S. for all students.

STEM Premier provides that crucial “missing link” for colleges to recruit in rural areas. Oftentimes, college recruiters are pressured to maximize their scarce time and resources. As as result, they typically visit more highly-populated areas where they can interact with the highest number of students. Rural students become “landlocked” and isolated from these opportunities. Some of America’s brightest students are going unnoticed.

Using our platform, colleges and universities can eliminate geographic boundaries and engage these rural students in an online ecosystem. Not only does this save educational institutions time and money, but it meets these young digital natives where they are: on their mobile devices which have become ubiquitous regardless of where they reside.  

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