riograndeRIO GRANDE, Ohio – In the realm of education – no matter what the level – STEM is all the rage. Such disciplines have proven timeless, and make the various STEM fields an excellent choice of study for college students.

At the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, the commitment to STEM is evident throughout its curriculum. High school students looking to pursue a degree in chemistry can even earn the Rio Grande Chemistry Academic Excellence Award, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.

“The field of chemistry offers a wide range of career options after graduation, including immediate employment, graduate school, pharmacy school or medical school,” said Dr. John Means, an assistant professor in the Rio Grande School of Sciences. “The chance to win a full-tuition scholarship to help a student launch into one of these career paths is a fantastic opportunity.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual salary for a chemist ranges from $41,080 to $120,600 with a median salary of $71,770.

Rio’s chemistry scholarship is open to any student enrolling for the fall of 2014 who plans to major in chemistry. Applications (available at include a 200-word essay, letters of recommendation and high school transcripts. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The Chemistry Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and extends requests for interviews to finalists. First place is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to major in Chemistry at Rio Grande. Second and third place earns a four-year, partial-tuition scholarship.

For more information about the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College visit or call 800-282-7201.