About the Merit Scholars Program

Each year, the R&D Council awards $1,500 and $750 scholarships sponsored by the Council or Council member organizations to outstanding community college students studying in a STEM field. This scholarship is for students presently attending a New Jersey community/county college who are pursuing a major in a science, technology, engineering or math (“STEM”) field, have at least a 3.5 G.P.A., are in financial need and have completed 12 credits, but have at least 21 credits left to complete their community college degrees. The award is based on student’s G.P.A., extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals. Last year, 15 scholars were selected for this award.

In addition to submitting the scholarship application, the applicant must also submit the following: Resume; Certified College Transcript; and Optional: Letter of Reference.

If you have previously been selected for this scholarship, you are not eligible to reapply.

In August, recipients will attended the 11th Annual Merit Scholar Luncheon at an R&D Council member’s research and development facility to cultivate further interest in their field of study and strengthen their relationship with the R&D community. All recipients will also have an opportunity to meet prominent New Jersey-based researchers and innovators. Scholars will also be honored at the R&D Council’s 41st Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception on November 12, 2020 at the Liberty Science Center.