About Learn 2 Earn Program

Learn to Earn consists of a series of STEM activities offered between grades 6th and 12th, that promote female student participation in STEM careers. These registered activities can include in-school, outside-of-school, summer activities, or additional classes. Each STEM activity is evaluated on two criteria: The applicability to a potential STEM career, and the amount of time spent on the activity. Based upon this criteria, scholarship funding to Ranken is awarded to participating female students upon successful completion of the activity. The scholarship funding will be available for use by the student at Ranken Technical College when appropriate.

Participating Organizations

Clavius

The Clavius Project at St. Louis University High trains, mentors and inspires urban middle school students in STEM-related areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), thus addressing a critical need of the community that lacks competently trained professionals in these key disciplines, particularly in underserved areas of the city.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls provides a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment that enables young women from diverse backgrounds to achieve academic success in a college preparatory program and to become leaders in their communities and professions.

Jennings

The mission of the Jennings School District is to ensure that each student develops a passion for learning through challenging curricula; rigorous academic standards; innovative, stimulating educational environments and a passion that education is a life long pursuit.

Marian Middle School

Marian Middle School, a Catholic school serving adolescent girls of all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering their spiritual, academic, social, moral, emotional, and physical development in preparation for and successful completion of college preparatory high schools.

Ranken

Ranken Technical College is a private, nonprofit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields.

The Little Bit Foundation

The Little Bit Foundation is an army of supporters giving, serving and advocating for impoverished children in St. Louis. Our philosophy: when you remove the barriers to learning, you give a child hope for the future and empower them to reach their dreams. Through partnerships with area schools, where we serve as the convener of programs that provide for students' essential needs, we are committed to having a positive impact on each student’s personal growth and self-esteem.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Learn 2 Earn?

Learn 2 Earn is a Ranken initiative to promote and focus STEM activities leading to technical careers in our region. Additionally the program allows participating students to earn up to $10,000 in scholarship credits for their future college education at Ranken Technical College.

Can anyone participate?

Initially, only approved organization participants may be awarded scholarship credit. Current approved organizations include Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Clavius Project, Jennings School District, Marian Middle School, and Hawthorne Leadership School for Girls. Future expansion of participating organization is anticipated.

What STEM activities are eligible for scholarship credit?

Approved STEM activities must lead to potential careers and range from national programs such a FIRST LEGO Robotics competitions to local afterschool activities. For a complete list of currently approved activities and links, please check out the Learn 2 Earn website.

When am I eligible to start receiving scholarship credit?

Students may receive awards from the 6th through the 12th grades for successful participation in approved STEM activities. During this period a student may receive up to $10,000 in scholarship credit with no more than $2000 being awarded in any one year.

Where and what can I use the scholarship credit for?

The scholarship credit is only valid for tuition costs at Ranken Technical College in a full-time program. We are currently working to expand the list of participating post-secondary institutions at this time.

How long are the scholarship credits good for after they are awarded?

Scholarship credits are only valid for two years beyond high school graduation. If a student has enrolled within two years of graduation, in a course of studies with continuous enrollment, earned credits maybe used outside the two-year window.

Can I transfer my credits to someone else?

Student awards may not be transferred and are only valid for use by the original recipient. Adult awards are designed to be sub-awarded to eligible participating students and may only be sub-awarded one time.

How do I get started in the program?

Initially, participants are registered with a Learn 2 Earn online account by an approved administrator of one of Ranken’s partner organizations (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Clavius Project, Jennings School District, Marian Middle School, and Hawthorne Leadership School for Girls). Once an online account is established, participants will have online access to the Learn 2 Earn website. Then, each time you participate in an approved STEM activity, your account will automatically be awarded scholarship credit for your future career!

Who can I contact regarding questions I have about My Ranken Learn 2 Earn account?

Currently, participants are registered with a Learn 2 Earn online account by a parent, an approved administrator of one of Ranken’s partner organizations (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Clavius Project, Jennings School District, Marian Middle School, and Hawthorne Leadership School for Girls), or Ranken Technical College. Questions beyond registration may be directed to Barbara Bragg, Director of STEM Pathways Development at (314) 286-4822 or bebragg@ranken.edu. Once an online account is established, participants will have online access to the Learn 2 Earn website. Then, each time you participate in an approved STEM activity, your account will automatically be awarded scholarship credit for your future career!

How can I contact the Learn 2 Earn sponsoring organizations?

Contact Page