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Arts & Sciences to provide STEM scholarships to deserving transfer students

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AUG. 7, 2013 – The School of Arts and Sciences has obtained a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will ultimately help to increase the number of talented, low-income college students who enter professions in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

SPSU and NSF have teamed up to provide scholarships through the Scholars in STEM (S-STEM) program. Eligible students include those majoring in biology, biotechnology, chemistry and environmental science who transfer to SPSU after earning associate’s degrees elsewhere.

The program provides $5,000 to $9,000 per student per academic year toward the cost of instruction, including tuition, books, fees, and room and board. Applicants must demonstrate financial need using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), with the actual amount awarded to individual students based on their need. Scholarships are renewable to cover two years towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree, contingent on continued eligibility and NSF funding.

The goal of the program is to provide financial and academic support in order to patch a leak in the STEM education pipeline – the loss of transfer students. As a result of the S-STEM program, the transition from two-year to four-year schools will be easier and more effectively executed, while the number of talented, low-income students entering STEM professions is expected to increase.