S-STEM Scholarship Program

Encouraging Interdisciplinary Learning in Science, Math and Computing

Students participating in the S-STEM Program will receive annual scholarships of $6,500 in addition to assistance in pursuing graduate study or employment within their field.


The College of St. Scholastica seeks to increase the number of students graduating in the fields of science, technology and mathematics and to better prepare these graduates for the next step in their careers, whether it is graduate school or employment.


To be eligible for the S-STEM scholarship program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.
  • Attained sophomore, junior, or senior standing at The College of St. Scholastica
  • A Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
  • Major in:  Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems/Computer Science, and/or Mathematics (except for clinical fields such as pre-med)
  • Students must demonstrate financial need, which is defined by eligibility for Federal need-based financial aid.  This will be determined by the CSS Financial Aid Office.  Students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, and eligibility may change year-to-year according to the results of the FAFSA.


The program has helped students to pursue a successful future in graduate school and employment. Here is what some of our graduates are doing:

  • University of Minnesota Computer Science Ph.D. Program
  • University of Minnesota Medicinal Chemistry Ph.D. Program
  • Target Executive Leadership Program
  • Montana State University's Mathematics Ph.D. Program
  • Microsoft
  • Software Developer, Digi-Key
  • University of Michigan Chemistry Ph.D. Program
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School Ph.D. Program
  • Mayo Clinic Research Laboratories

Services - Employment

If you are interested in obtaining employment within your field, the S-STEM program will offer support through the following:

  • Workshops - on resume development, job and internship search strategies, interview skills, and business etiquette
  • Career Counseling - clarify career interests and goals and research prospective employers Internships - participants will be encouraged and assisted in pursuing internships in their respective fields
  • Job Fairs & Employer Visits - receive financial assistance to attend regional job fairs and visit local employers to discover available career paths

Services - Graduate School

If you are interested in attending graduate school for either a Master's or Ph.D. program, the S-STEM program, working in conjunction with the McNair Scholars Program, will offer support through the following:

  • Workshops - on how to choose a graduate program, how to apply to graduate school, GRE preparation, and how to access scholarships & fellowships
  • Research - complete research in your field; receive assistance in finding and applying for local and national opportunities; present research results at poster sessions
  • Graduate School Fairs & Visits - participants will have the opportunity to visit regional graduate schools and visit with faculty in their fields
  • Graduate School Applications - receive assistance in the graduate school application process, including personal statement editing, recommendations and cover letter

National Science Foundation

The Scholarships in Science, Technology & Math is funded by the National Science Foundation  S-STEM Award 1458481