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The Believe in Ohio state competition awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to 37 different STEM commercialization and STEM business plans, according to a news release. The scholarships that were awarded can be used to attend an Ohio college, university or technical college.

The Believe in Ohio competition is funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science. It is a free entrepreneurship program that focuses on teaching students the process of commercializing products and services, as well as creating business plans driven by innovation.

“This year’s projects were not only amazing, but also very inspiring,” said Michael E. Woytek, executive director for the Ohio Academy of Science in Columbus, in a news release. “The Believe in Ohio program provides students with a vision of what’s possible as it broadens and builds critical skills needed to compete in today’s economy. It also provides them with a sense of purpose for pursuing post-secondary opportunities, here in Ohio.”

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Lydia Kacala is the Violet Spevack Editorial Intern.