NWU’s STEM Scholars Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Nebraska Wesleyan University a $649,863 grant that will provide scholarships and academic support to academically-talented science students with financial need. The grant will fund Nebraska Wesleyan’s STEM Scholars Program, which will provide financial, academic and social support for selected students who pursue majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics and physics.
Over half of the funds will be used toward scholarships for selected students who enroll in fall 2017 and fall 2018. In addition to assisting tuition costs, the grant will provide funding for students’ academic research, career programming, and other support to keep them on track for four-year graduation, including:
  • A cohort that will put STEM Scholars Program students in common classes, activities, experiences, and housing that will allow them to live and learn together through their NWU career;
  • Special career programming that will bring regional STEM employers, alumni and graduate programs to campus to help expose students to internship opportunities and career options;
  • Monthly mentoring meetings with academic advisors and faculty mentors;
  • Undergraduate research with travel funds provided for presentations at regional and national conferences.
To qualify, students must:
  • Declare a major in a STEM field;
  • High school GPA of 3.25 or higher and an ACT composite score of 23 with math and science sub-scores no lower than 25;
  • 500-word essay on academic and professional goals related to a STEM career;
  • Demonstrated financial need.
Applications are due Friday, February 24, 2017. Seven (7) students will receive a $7,000 annually renewable NWU NSF STEM Scholarship and twenty-five (25) applicants will receive an annually renewable $1,000 STEM Recognition Scholarship. To see a complete list of qualifications, or to submit an application, visit www.nebrwesleyan.edu/nsf-stem.