New Kummer Vanguard Scholarships designed to draw more STEM students to S&T

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On December 14, 2020

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The Kummer Vanguard Scholars program will provide $1,000 to $3,000 in scholarship support to 350 to 400 qualified and deserving members of the 2021 freshman class.

High school seniors interested in pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) programs next fall now have a new scholarship program to support their efforts.

The new Kummer Vanguard Scholars program at Missouri University of Science and Technology provides annual scholarships between $1,000 and $3,000 for four years to qualified and deserving students. The scholarships are limited to 350 to 400 STEM scholars for the fall 2021 semester. These scholarships may be combined with other university scholarships to provide a broader array of financial support for students.

The Kummer Vanguard Scholars program is supported through a recent $300 million gift to Missouri S&T from June and Fred Kummer, successful business leaders from St. Louis. Fred Kummer is a 1955 civil engineering graduate of Missouri S&T and the founder of HBE Corp., a leading design-build company that specialized in constructing medical centers and other health care facilities.

“June and Fred’s vision is to inspire today’s exceptional high school students to become the innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders of the future,” says Dr. Mo Dehghani, chancellor of Missouri S&T. “The Kummer Vanguard Scholars Program is the first of many student-focused initiatives at S&T that are enabled by their gift and their vision.”

In addition to the Kummer Vanguard Scholars program, Missouri S&T has launched a new fellowship program for Ph.D. students in the STEM disciplines. The Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellows Program (I&E Fellows), also funded through the Kummers’ gift, provides support for doctoral students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students interested in becoming a Kummer Vanguard Scholar should apply soon. Due to the competitive nature of the program, applications received by Jan. 15, 2021, will be reviewed first. Depending on scholarship availability after that date, future applications will be reviewed after deadlines of Feb. 15, March 15 and April 15, 2021.

For more information about the program, visit

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, education, the humanities, and the liberal arts. Missouri S&T is known globally and is highly ranked for providing a strong return on tuition investment, exceptional career opportunities for graduates, and an emphasis on applied, hands-on learning through student design teams and cooperative education and internship opportunities. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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3 thoughts on “New Kummer Vanguard Scholarships designed to draw more STEM students to S&T”

  • Roscoe Russell McWilliams says:

    Define STEM Program

    Define STEM Scholar

    • mm Andrew Careaga says:

      Hello, Mr. McWilliams. “STEM student” in this case refers to any student pursuing a degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. “STEM scholar” is a scholarship recipient who is studying in a STEM program.

  • Brant Carter says:

    Is this scholarship opportunity solely for incoming freshman in year of 2021, or open each year for prospective freshman students ?
    Thank you!