Access ASSET Scholarship


“Our district serves a large group of students from low income families including many families that lack any higher education. These students often never hear about the opportunities in STEM careers. Many of our students could end up in low paying jobs in the service industry unless they are exposed to and trained for better jobs.”

- Access ASSET Scholarship Recipient, Butler County, Pennsylvania


Occupations requiring STEM skills are growing at a faster rate than others and offer higher potential wages, but these opportunities remain out of reach for many. Supporting educator development and systemic improvement in under-resourced K-12 schools can contribute not only to student achievement, but to the economic empowerment of individuals, families, and communities as well.


Since 2014, the Access ASSET scholarship program has helped improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement by providing no-cost professional learning and materials to under-resourced schools and organizations through the generous support of corporations, foundations and individuals.

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2019-20 Scholarship Applications are now open!


Administrators and educators from schools, districts, or education organizations (in-school, out-of-school time, informal or community education settings) are welcome to apply.

Recipients can receive professional learning by attending pre-scheduled sessions on ASSET’s course calendar. Requests serving groups of 8 or more can select sessions from the course catalog. Sessions can be attended in ASSET’s Pittsburgh learning center or virtually. Depending on group size and location, ASSET may be able to facilitate sessions on site. Recipients can also receive hands-on learning materials.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications are scored using a rubric, with preference given to organizations with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, high levels of diversity, and/or low proficiency on state assessments. Once notified of approval, recipients consult with ASSET’s Professional Learning Specialists to determine the services that best meet their needs.

While Access ASSET can only be used for existing products and services, ASSET is always looking for ways to collaborate through grant seeking to bring more STEM resources to educators and learners. Contact ASSET’s Director of Resource Development, Gina DeAngelo, to explore a potential partnership: