Merit Scholars

R&D Council’s Merit Scholarships

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.

The 2019 Merit Scholar application is now available here.

In addition to submitting the attached 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 10th 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 40th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception in November at the Liberty Science Center.