S-STEM Scholarships

The S-STEM scholarships, funded through a National Science Foundation grant, enable qualified students in declared STEM programs to start their careers with experience, opportunity, and significantly less debt.

S-STEM scholarships are awarded to incoming, current and transfer students for up to two years. They vary in amounts up to $10,000 per year and are based on financial need. Scholarships  based on financial need and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. All applicants must complete the FAFSA prior to applying. A $2000 stipend for summer research or internship is also available to each S-STEM Scholar.  S-STEM Scholars are supported by the HI-StEM (High Intensity Student Engagement Model) program, a cohort learning community led by STEM faculty, student support staff, and research mentors. 




Applicant must:

  • have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (preferred).
  • be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) in a biology, chemistry, computer science, computer information systems, engineering, engineering technology, environmental science, environmental technology, information assurance and cybersecurity, mathematics, or physics program.
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • have completed FAFSA and have unmet financial need.
  • place into MATH 109 Precalculus or MATH 203 Calculus I in first semester of enrollment.
    Math placement is based on qualifying scores in Accuplacer, SAT, ACT, AP, or IB, or a qualifying score on Harford's Advanced Math Readiness Test.
  • agree to participate in HI-StEM cohort activities.
  1. COMPLETE THE FAFSA and enter Harford's School Code: 002075.
  2. CONFIRM your financial need with Harford's Financial Aid Office PRIOR to submitting your application by contactingrsullivan@harford.edu | 443.412.2257.
  3. APPLY for the S-STEM scholarship.
    Apply online through AwardSpring during open application dates in fall and spring OR
    Apply by completing the S-STEM Scholarship Form and include:
      • NSF S-STEM Application
      • One-page personal essay describing your academic and career plans (250-350 words)
      • Two letters of recommendation (upon request).

Drop off the application to the main office in Aberdeen Hall.

Students selected as S-STEM scholarship recipients must agree to participate in HI-StEMprogram activities and respond to any survey administered during the program and post-graduation. Program activities include a welcome orientation, faculty mentor meetings, special topic seminars and field trips, a winter retreat and workshop, and an annual scholarship reception. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a semester or summer research experience and to attend STEM conferences both locally and nationally.

To continue in the program, a student must:

  • maintain full time status (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • earn grades of B or better in MATH 203 and PHYS 101/PHYS203 for biology majors or MATH 203 and PHYS 203 for engineering majors; and
  • actively participate in the HI-StEM program activities.

Students who drop a class or classes before the start of semester, resulting in enrollment of less than full time, will have their scholarship award removed.

Students who are awarded scholarships and fail to maintain the academic criteria (GPAs lower than 3.0), will be placed on probation for one semester. To regain eligibility after the probationary period, an individualized plan with the needed assistance and academic supports must be developed with the student's faculty mentor and approved by the S-STEM Coordinator. Students who have not met program requirements during the probationary period will lose their eligibility for program participation and scholarship.

S-STEM students must demonstrate their academic eligibility each semester. A student who receives a scholarship for the fall semester and follows all requirements will be automatically granted a scholarship for the spring semester. Continuation from spring to fall semester follows the same requirements; however, the amount of the scholarship may vary in the next academic year based on the financial needs of the student as determined by the FAFSA.

Past S-STEM Scholarship Recipients

Allison Dietz '20: completed a paid internship at Raytheon and earned a scholarship to UMBC
Summer Bottomley '19: completed an internship at APG and offered a full-time job.


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The S-STEM scholarship is made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant #1643498, and supports full time students majoring in biology, engineering, and other STEM fields.