Each year, the R&D Council awards $1,500 and $750 scholarships sponsored by the Council or Council member organizations to outstanding New Jersey community college students studying in a STEM field. The award is based on a student’s G.P.A., extracurricular activities, financial need, other awards, and post-graduation career goals. Last year, 15 students were selected as Merit Scholars. In addition to the financial award, these students take part in a luncheon with STEM professionals and four year New Jersey universities/colleges and attend the Council’s Edison Patent Awards Ceremony. To date, there are nearly 200 alumni of this program. Applications for 2021 will be available in February.