Are you majoring in chemistry, physics, engineering, math, or another science or technology related field? If so, you may qualify for one of the National Science Foundation’s scholarships in the STEM fields. Scholarship amounts can vary widely, and are made available to the student via their financial aid office. STEM scholarships from the NSF are available to undergraduate as well as graduate students. You may qualify if you are pursuing a two or four year degree.
There are a variety of different scholarships and grants available through the NSF’s funding program. Grants require research proposals. Scholarships require simple applications. The Applied Science STEM Stars NSF S-STEM scholarship pays out a maximum of $5,000, but the related grants program may pay out a great deal more, depending on the proposal and the project. Scholarship amounts will be determined by the student’s FAFSA-estimated “financial need.” To receive a scholarship through the NSF, you must not only demonstrate financial need, but also strong academic performance and dedication to working in your S-STEM field. The scholarship deadline for the STEM Stars NSF S-STEM scholarship is March 31st each year. NSF’s other scholarship and grant programs have different deadlines.