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

The current scholarship round closes in fall quarter of 2014. 

 Due Date: Friday, November 14 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 the end of the third quarter of your scholarship.  


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?

All applications consist of two parts: 

    1. An online application (see below)

    2. Paper documents to turn in (described in the ONSIGHT instruction form, see below).

The entire application (both online portion and paper hard copies) are due to Jake Ashcraft in RSB 188 no later than November 14, at 5:00 pm. 


To help you prepare your scholarship application, you should attend at least one of the workshops offered by South for the Onsight Scholarship.

Brief Instructions:

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

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

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

4. Obtain hard copies of your unofficial college transcripts. 

5. Document your financial need using FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Scholarship Assistance). Contact the Finanical Aid office if you need help with your FAFSA. You must turn in the first page of your completed FAFSA with your application.

 6. 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. 


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