Grant Opportunity: National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

The National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program provides funds for scholarshipsfor low-income, academically-talented students and for colleges to adapt, implement, and study effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer, student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. It is expected that scholarship recipients will either attain an associate degree in an S-STEM eligible discipline and enter the workforce or transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program.

S-STEM eligible disciplines include:

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences
  • Geosciences
  • Engineering

Program Goals: 

(1) provide scholarships to domestic low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need pursuing a degree in one of the S-STEM eligible disciplines;

(2) adapt and implement evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities to support NSF S-STEM Scholars;

(3) increase retention, student success, and graduation of these low-income students in STEM;

(4) test strategies for systematically supporting student academic and career pathways in STEM in ways that are congruent with the institutional context and resources; and,

(5) disseminate findings on what works related to the supports and interventions undertaken by the project, in particular to other institutions working to support low-income STEM students.

Awards range from $750,000 to 5 million depending on the scope of the project. The deadline to apply is April 7, 2021. Email Kim Squiers ( and Lisa Dopke ( in the GRCC Grants Department for more information.

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