NSF S-STEM Scholarships

NSF Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

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This scholarship is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The NSF S-STEM Scholarship is designed to support full-time students majoring in any of the following content areas: Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Science, Information Technology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics. It aims to provide  scholarship support for academically-talented, financially-needy engineering students, and train these students to become effective scientific and technological contributors when entering the engineering workforce. 

Scholarships will be awarded for up to two years beginning in Fall 2019. New and current students are eligible to apply. Scholarships vary in amount up to $6,000 per year and can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment and other needs. Scholarship recipients will be part of a learning community and will be assigned a faculty mentor with the opportunity to actively participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.

**Before you apply, please read our Frequently Asked Questions**

Eligibility Criteria:

  • To qualify, students must:
    • Be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen
    • Have financial need (as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education criteria for Federal Financial Aid)
    • Maintain full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
    • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
    • Agree to participate in a one credit seminar, which would include an undergraduate research component, and participate in scholarship program activities

Application Process:

  1. Complete and submit all of the following documents directly to College of Southern Maryland by the May 1, 2019, priority deadline:

    1. Complete the scholarship application form
    2. An essay written by the applicant (450-500 words, typed, double-spaced) explaining your interest in your field of study, your qualifications and how you will benefit from this award
    3. Complete College of Southern Maryland’s Placement Exam or submit appropriate SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores or demonstrate completion of college level English and Mathematics courses.
    4. Letter of recommendation**
    5. Official Transcript (high school or college, as appropriate)**

      **Students who have previously submitted letters of recommendations and/or transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Advising do not need to re-submit these documents.

      Upon completion, mail to: 
      NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program
      Professor Sandra Poinsett

      College of Southern Maryland
      P.O. Box 910
      La Plata, MD 20646-0910

  2. Complete the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Priority Deadline for applying is March 1, 2019. Students can submit a FAFSA after March 1st.
    1. The FAFSA may be completed by accessing the Financial Aid Services Website (CSM’s Federal School Code is 002064 and must be included on the FAFSA)*:
      1. Please go to 
      2. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions