National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM Scholarship Information

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University has been awarded an NSF S-STEM grant ($627,010 for June 2013 - May 2018, award No. 1259713). The goal of this grant is to increase enrollment, retention, graduation, and the proportion of graduating S-STEM scholars who continue graduate studies or find employment in CME fields: Computer Information Science (CIS), Computer Information Technology (CIT), Mathematics (MATH), or Computer Engineering (CPE).

In 2014-2015 academic year, we anticipate awarding about 12 scholarships including 6 freshmen and 6 transfer students. The awards are both merit- and need-based. Recipients will be awarded a maximum of $10,000 depending on individual demonstrated financial need. It is expected incoming freshmen graduate in 4 years and transfer students graduate in 2 years with the aid of this scholarship. Program participants will receive financial, academic, social, and career support from a variety of CME S-STEM club activities.

To be eligible, students must:

1.           1. Be citizens or nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees, or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
        2. Have documented financial need (submit FAFSA -
        3. Have an SAT score of at least 1100 or an ACT composite score of at least 23.
        4. Provide a letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher.
        5. Submit an essay up to 500 words describing your plan to study in CIS, CIT, Math, or CPE at Shepherd University and ultimately pursue a career in a related field.
        6. Maintain full-time status in one of the CME four-year academic programs (CIS, CIT, CPE, or MATH) and show potential to carry and complete 15 credit hours of academic work per semester.
        7. Earn and maintain both an overall cumulative GPA and a cumulative GPA within the major of 3.0. Scholarship renewal requires completion of 30 or more credit hours per year.
        8. Satisfactorily complete an in-person, telephone, or video interview with one of the management team members in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
        9. Renewal requires timely submission of progress and annual reports to the management team and regular participation in S-STEM club activities.
        10. Agree to respond to surveys for program reporting and improvement purposes.
        11. Be willing to update employment or graduate study status within 6 months of graduation.


2015-2016 application form with instructions in PDF.


Please contact Dr. Qing Wang ( or Dr. Zhijun Wang ( for any question about this scholarship.

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