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NSF S-STEM Scholarships

Program Description

The National Science Foundation sponsors the NSF S-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarship with the intent of broadening access to science careers and strengthening the domestic chemistry workforce. The program at ISU offers need-based scholarships to academically talented students who major in chemistry or biochemistry and plan to eventually pursue careers as scientists or science educators. Scholars receive up to $10,000 per year (applicable toward tuition, fees, university insurance, room, board, and books) for up to four years, contingent on satisfactory academic progress and the continuation of the program (the current grant expires after the 2019-2020 academic year). In addition to direct financial support, participants are eligible for additional travel and research funding, and participate in cohort building activities and advising designed to encourage timely progress toward their degrees. The student selection process emphasizes academic talent and motivation, but also recognizes diverse student situations.



To be eligible for the scholarship, all applicants (incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current ISU students) must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Major in chemistry or biochemistry at ISU
  • Demonstrate intent to work or pursue graduate education in the chemical or biochemical sciences (excluding allied professional schools such as pharmacy, medical and dental school)
  • Qualify for federal financial aid eligibility according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Student Aid Report (SAR) forms
  • Have a GPA no lower than 3.0 or demonstrate extenuating circumstances(FAFSA)

All applicants must apply using the Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

In addition, current scholars must maintain eligibility for scholarship by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, making satisfactory progress toward a chemistry or biochemistry degree, and participating in S-STEM activities.