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"According to a recent report by the Center on Education and the Workforce, eight million new jobs will be available in STEMM-related fields by 2018" (https://ohiohighered.org/cof). The distinguished Choose Ohio First Scholarship has been granted to a select group of technology majors at Franklin University since 2012, many of whom have gone on to gain employment in technology-related fields, while remaining in the state of Ohio. Qualitative and quantitative research methods were used to measure the Choose Ohio First Scholars' academic persistence, graduation, and employment compared to the other students, who were declared Computer Science and Management Information Sciences majors, at Franklin University. Initial statistical analysis indicated that there was a positive correlation between the Choose Ohio First Scholars' academic persistence, graduation, and employment. Choose Ohio First Scholars were more likely to graduate from Franklin University than the general student body enrolled in Computer Science and Management Information Sciences majors. Students who receive additional academic support and financial support from their institution might be more likely to graduate and gain employment in their fields of study than students who do not receive additional support.
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Renner, Kelly B.; Hampel, Todd; Chu, Chunbo; and Kharel, Aditya, "The Student Benefits of a STEMM Scholarship Program" (2016). Learning Showcase 2016: A Celebration of Discovery, Transformation and Success. 34.