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.
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.
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.
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.