STEM & Entrepreneurship Scholars earned $31,000 in Scholarships During an Online Believe in Ohio – Regional Competition

Dublin, Ohio – Funded by the State of Ohio through the Department of Higher Education and operated as a program of The Ohio Academy of Science, Believe in Ohio is a STEM and entrepreneurship program that teaches students how to commercialize products and services and create business plans that are driven by innovation.

Recently, students from 28 high schools throughout Ohio competed in the first of two Regional Competitions for the opportunity to advance to the 2021 Believe in Ohio State Competition. Student projects are developed and then evaluated either as a STEM Commercialization Plan or a STEM Business Plan. The next Regional Competition will be held in May and the Believe in
Ohio State Competition will take place in June where they will compete for $250,000 in total scholarship awards.

“STEM and entrepreneurship are a powerful combination that can be used to innovate commercialized solutions to problems and the template for building new business opportunities”, said Michael E. Woytek, Executive Director for The Ohio Academy of Science. Woytek went on to add, “these students are the future professionals needed to propel Ohio’s innovation economy”.

Each of the students advancing from the Regional Competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend any Ohio college, university, or technical college and the opportunity to compete for a
$10,000 scholarship at the State Competition.

Believe in Ohio is a free, comprehensive, curriculum-based, STEM and entrepreneurship program for Ohio high school students. The program is designed to create a “Culture of Innovation” and to prepare students to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market and become contributors to Ohio’s innovation economy. Believe in Ohio is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science and was collaboratively developed with Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio.

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