South Seattle Community 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

The current award cycle ends at 5:00 pm, May 24, 2013.


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


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 to Apply

Please download the application instructions, application form, and recommendation forms and submit to UNI 101, Attention: Jake Ashcraft by the submission deadline.




How do I apply for Onsight Scholarship?

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