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S-STEM Scholarship

The S-STEM scholarships, funded through the National Science Foundation, enable qualified students in declared STEM programs to start their careers with experience, opportunity, and significantly less debt. Grant #1643498

S-STEM scholarships are awarded for a maximum of two years to incoming, current and transfer students. They vary in amounts up to $10,000 per year and are 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. 

S-STEM Eligibility Criteria

Those applying for the S-STEM Scholarship must:

  • have a 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA (preferred).
  • be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) in a biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, computer information systems, data science, engineering, environmental science, environmental technology, information assurance and cybersecurity, mathematics, or physics program.
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • have a completed FAFSA on file at Harford and have unmet financial need.
  • agree to participate in HI-StEM activities.
  • complete a one-page personal essay describing your academic and career plans.
  • submit two letters of recommendation upon requested.

The NSF grant does not support allied health, nursing or medical career programs.

S-STEM Application Process

Apply by MAY 15 for fall consideration. 

  • Apply for admission to Harford. Financial aid cannot be awarded unless you have applied.
  • Complete the  FAFSA and enter Harford's School Code: 002075. Contact Financial Aid  if you need assistance.
  • Confirm your financial need with Financial Aid  443.412.2355 prior to submitting your application.
  • Apply for the NSF S-STEM grant and other scholarships through AwardSpring, the College’s online scholarship portal, available March 15–May 15 for the fall semester.
  •  Write a personal essay describing your academic and career plans (250-350 words) to be submitted on your application.
Participation Requirements for S-STEM Recipients

Students selected as S-STEM scholarship recipients must agree to participate in HI-STEM program 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 have the opportunity to participate in a semester or summer research experience and to attend STEM conferences both locally and nationally.

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