Tuition Reimbursement for Underrepresented Individuals in STEM Careers

In September 2017, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued 27 new awards through its NSF INCLUDES program aimed at enhancing U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations through a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Among the recipients is a Nevada consortium comprising the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), Washoe County School District, Charles River Laboratories, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The program is also supported by Nevada’s New Skills for Youth Grant.

This project managed by UNR addresses the grand challenge of increasing underrepresentation regionally in the Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing sector. Using the Learn and Earn Program Advanced Career Pathway (LEAP) as the foundation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities will support and prepare Hispanic students for the region’s workforce.

We have partnered with local northern Nevada-based companies to train participants on the LEAP Pathway.

Employer-based student tuition reimbursement (up to $1,500 / year) is available for up to 30 underrepresented individuals in lucrative STEM based careers.

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Who should apply?

  • Must be available to work full-time during the summer 2018 – OR – already employed in a STEM related job (inquire with program coordinator).
  • Must be enrolled in classes at TMCC or UNR during fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.
  • Women and persons from underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Complete LEAP Program application and submit along with required documents. You can download and complete and application form:          LEAP 2019 Application.

Follow up with LEAP program coordinator to obtain further instructions.