About the S-STEM Scholarship

Purpose of NSF S-STEM

To support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.


The S-STEM scholarship provides financial and academic support to facilitate a successful path for students to complete a physics bachelor's degree. S-STEM awards are up to $5,000 per semester based on unmet financial need before loans, as reported by the financial aid office. The scholarship has the option to be renewed each semester for up to two years until graduation.


  • Students must meet the criterion of financial need as defined by the United States Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Student must be United States citizens, nationals, or aliens admitted as refugees at the time of application, or aliens admitted for permanent residence.
  • Student must be enrolled as a full-time physics student in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Women, underrepresented groups, transfer students, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.

Goals of the Program

To increase retention by 30-50% of admitted students who have declared physics as their major and help them become productive members of the physics community and workforce.

The program does this by providing a framework within the entering cohort, which focuses on identity and community, and provides resources to address specific needs (mentoring, financial, and academic support)

The program also aims to develop problem solving skills, collaborative learning, research experience, and communication skills.

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