South Seattle College RST Academy

What is the South RST Academy?

South’s Ready! Set! Transfer! Academy is an National Science Foundation (NSF) program that provides tools and support to start and keep you on a pathway to a STEM career!

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. If you are majoring in astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, math, oceanography, physics or a related field and plan on transferring to a university, then you are a STEM major.

What are the benefits of joining the RST Academy?

  • Be in a learning community of your peers
  • Receive academic support
  • Faculty mentors to guide you
  • Peer mentoring to help you
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Opportunities for research
  • Opportunities for service learning
  • Opportunities for student leadership
  • Financial rewards for participation
  • Eligible for Onsight Scholarships

Who is eligible to join the RST Academy?

STEM majors at South Seattle CC are eligible to join the academy. Your responsibilities as an Academy member include:

  • Maintain a minimum quarterly GPA of 3.0
  • Meet with your mentor at least twice each quarter
  • Participate in two or more RST Academy activities per quarter
  • Participate in assessment surveys and activities to help improve the Academy
  • Keep the RST Academy advised of changes in contact information
  • Participate in activities outlined in the RST Academy membership agreement
  • Complete and receive an A.S. degree

How do I join the RST Academy?


What is the Onsight Scholarship Program?

 The ONSIGHT scholarship, funded by the National Science Foundation. supports talented low-income RST Academy students transfer degrees in STEM fields. The scholarship provides up to $2,000 per quarter, and is renewable for up to two years, as long as the ONSIGHT scholar maintains a 3.0 GPA and meets other eligibility criteria.

 To be eligible, students must:

 * Be a member of the RST Academy in good standing. Apply to the RST Academy online - it only takes a moment.

* Demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA to SSCC's financial aid office

* Be enrolled as a full-time student in a STEM major at SSCC (where STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)

* Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA

* Be a US citizen or legal resident

Award Cycle

Most scholarships are awarded spring quarter for use during the following academic year(s). Occasionally, additional awards are announced during fall quarter, depending on the availability of funds.

 Due Date: Friday, May 30 at 5:00pm


Scholar Responsibilities

To renew the scholarship in successive quarters, students must:

* Submit the scholarship renewal form in a timely manner.

* Continue to meet scholarship eligibility requirements as stated above.

* Meet twice a quarter with their faculty mentor

* Design and work toward an Individual Academic Success Plan

 To renew your Onsight Scholarship, you must download the renewal form and submit it to Jake Ashcraft by June 16 at 5pm.


In order to enhance their competitiveness and growth as future leaders in the STEM field, ONSIGHT scholars are strongly encouraged to complete a capstone project at the end of the first year of funding. 

Capstone projects may consist of:

* A faculty-supervised undergraduate research project. An excellent way to begin designing such a project is to enroll in UGR 214, Introduction to Scientific Research

* A service learning project (this may be part of a course, but should extend the service work in the course in some meaningful way)

* A student leadership project 


How do I apply for the ONSIGHT Scholarship?

Due Dates:

  May 30, 5:00 pm for online application, first page of FAFSA, and unofficial transcripts.  

Note the New Date:  June 6, 5:00 pm for letters of recommendation.

1. Download the instruction form for the Onsight Scholarship Program.

2. Download two letter of recommendation forms. At least one of your references must be academic. 

3. Obtain a PDF or hard copies of your unofficial college transcripts.

4. Document your financial need using FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Scholarship Assistance). Contact the Finanical Aid office if you need help with your FAFSA.

5. Write a personal statement that establishes your credentials, explains your passion for STEM, and convinces the committee that you are a worthy recipient of the scholarship.

6. Go to the online application to upload your personal statement, personal information, and the contact info for your recommenders. 


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