S-STEM Program

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The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program at PLNU is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, an initiative that began in summer 2016.

The NSF grant will support undergraduate scholarships for PLNU students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) who also minor in Computational Science while undergraduates at PLNU. The project, entitled "Scholarships to Support STEM majors Computational Sciences Minors," was officially awarded to PLNU by the NSF in April 2015 and is expected to conclude in 2020.

The NSF grant will provide significant scholarships to talented STEM majors who have high financial need and would otherwise not be able to pursue STEM education at PLNU. Key features of this proposal build on the robust student experience in PLNU’s STEM disciplines. All students will participate in undergraduate research, conference presentations and/or publications on the research, and a senior capstone interdisciplinary project in computational science. Scholarships are available to fund two groups of seven students for up to four years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of becoming an S-STEM scholar?

S-STEM scholars at PLNU will receive additional scholarship funds of $10,000 per year to cover tuition, fees, and living expenses. When combined with other scholarship funds awarded to qualified students, this is expected to bring the total scholarship amount to between $24,000 and $28,000 per year.

Other highlights of the program include:

  • Mentoring from a computational sciences advisor (in addition to the assigned major advisor)
  • Organized field trips to local academic and biotechnology laboratories engaged in computational science
  • A guaranteed spot in our competitive undergraduate research program
  • Travel funds to present at a scientific conference

What are the eligibility requirements for an S-STEM scholarship?

To be eligible for an S-STEM scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, refugee alien, or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need remaining after all other financial aid has been awarded — the amount of your college costs that aren't covered by your expected family contribution (according to the FAFSA or Dream Act application), grants, scholarships, or federal student loans
  • Major in a STEM discipline at PLNU (mathematics, computer science, physics, physics engineering, biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, or environmental science)
  • Have declared intent to minor in computational science
  • Have a weighted high school GPA of at least 3.8 plus either a combined math/critical reading SAT score of greater than 1250 or ACT score of greater than 28
  • Maintain a college GPA of at least 3.4

Is the S-STEM scholarship renewable?

Yes, the S-STEM scholarship is renewable for up to four years, provided the eligibility criteria are still met. Throughout their tenure in the program, S-STEM scholars must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, refugee alien, or permanent resident
  • Demonstrate financial need remaining after all other financial aid has been awarded — the amount of your college costs that aren't covered by your expected family contribution (according to the FAFSA or Dream Act application), grants, scholarships, or federal student loans
  • Major in a STEM discipline at PLNU (mathematics, computer science, physics, physics engineering, biology, chemistry, biology-chemistry, or environmental science)
  • Maintain a college GPA of at least 3.4

How do I apply?

Apply online. The priority deadline for maximum consideration is March 28, 2018, although we will continue to consider applications until all spots in the program are filled.

How do I get more information?

Inquiries may be directed to:

Katherine N. Maloney
Associate Professor of Chemistry
kmaloney@pointloma.edu
(619) 849-3425