Albertus Magnus College has been awarded a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support higher education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Five S-STEM scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2018 to students entering Albertus Magnus as either a freshman or transfer student and are committed to majoring in biology, chemistry or mathematics. An additional cohort of five scholars, also consisting of both incoming freshmen and transfer students, will be selected in the fall of 2020.
The scholarships will average $9,750 per year and will be awarded all four years as long as students participate in planned grant activities, maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.2, and maintain a STEM G.P.A. of 3.0.
The grant also supports the development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs that improve student success and professional preparedness in STEM fields and that enhance our understanding of effective teaching strategies in science disciplines.
Some of the planned activities will include a seminar series with invited speakers from STEM-related businesses and academic institutions, monthly lunches with STEM faculty, field trips to local STEM industries, and service learning opportunities through tutoring local K–12 STEM students, just to name a few.
Reference: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership - U.S. Department of Education 2016
• expressed commitment to majoring in biology, chemistry, or mathematics
• at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
• minimum SAT combined score of 1000 - neither component score less than 450 – or minimum ACT score of 20
• successful completion of course work in biology, chemistry, physics and other STEM-related courses
• demonstrated financial need
Selection is competitive and includes review of:
• academic performance
• financial need
• SAT scores
• letters of recommendation
• personal essay
• previous participation in STEM-related co-curricular activities