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NSF Awards $622,000 for STEM Scholarship Program

Academically qualified students with financial need who major in a STEM field are eligible for the awards. Recipients will be designated Alma College Science Scholars.

More scholarship dollars are available for incoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics students at Alma College thanks to a $622,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant will fund the Alma College Science Scholars program, which will award scholarships to qualified incoming students in Fall 2015 and Fall 2016. The annual awards of up to $7,000 are renewable for four years, for a maximum benefit of $28,000 per student.

ASPIRE students conduct research in the human performance lab.ASPIRE students conduct research in the human performance lab.

 

Academically qualified students with financial need who major in a STEM field are eligible for the awards, with preference also given to members of underrepresented groups and first-generation students. Recipients will be designated Alma College Science Scholars.

“This major grant by the National Science Foundation is further evidence that Alma College has become a leader in STEM education,” says John Davis, professor of integrative physiology and health science and co-investigator of the grant with Dave Clark, professor of biology.

“The National Science Foundation is interested in getting more students to graduate in the STEM majors to fill the tremendous national need for more STEM graduates,” says Davis. “One of the roadblocks for many students is money — families who struggle with the cost of tuition. I especially like this grant because the money goes back entirely to the students.”

The Science Scholars program will build on the positive outcomes of Alma’s NSF-supported PRISM Program that was designed to enhance the first-year experience and engage students in undergraduate research, says Davis. Alma also has established the e-STEM initiative, supported by last summer’s $5 million grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to address the national demand for more graduates trained in STEM fields.

Over the past six years, the college has received more than $6 million in external grant funding for STEM education.

In addition to providing student scholarships, the Science Scholars program will provide a first-year seminar for the scholarship recipients, professional mentors, career counseling, opportunities to be a peer mentor for other science students, distinctive funded research opportunities, and opportunities for interacting with visiting scholars and researchers.

High school seniors may apply now for the Science Scholars program by completing an online application form. The application process includes submission of a personal statement and interview.

 

Story published on February 19, 2015