Bruce Vento served as a Minnesota congressman for 24 years until his death in 2000. He was a lifelong resident of St. Paul. Prior to his political career he was a junior high science and social studies teacher. He established this scholarship fund to help students pursue careers as science teachers.

Eligibility requirements
Applicants must be enrolled more than half time in upper-level science education courses in a degree-granting program at an accredited university. Preference is given to students who are relying primarily or solely on personal or spousal earnings, savings and/or loans for education and living expenses. Applicants must be permanent residents of the Fourth Congressional District.

Awards are made on the basis of a competitive process that considers financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and work experience, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement of commitment to science teaching.

Applications can be picked up at the Office of Student Financial Services, Room 156, Christ Child Hall, or by contacting The Saint Paul Foundation at (651) 224-5463. All applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2001.