NSF Grant to fund STEM Scholarships

The University of Southern Maine has received an NSF grant worth over half a million dollars to support a STEM Scholarship Program to improve educational opportunities from entry to degree completion for 41 academically talented and financially needy incoming freshmen and community college transfer students who are interested in STEM careers in Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Technology Management. Students who meet the academic and financial selection criteria will be awarded up to $5,000 in scholarship funds. Students will be recruited from four feeder high schools and three local community colleges.  

The NSF scholarship funds will support 20 first time students during their freshmen and sophomore years; $200,000 in USM scholarship funds will support the students during their junior and senior years. The NSF scholarship funds will also support 21 community college transfer students for up to three years. Students must demonstrate academic progress and financial need to continue the scholarships. 

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.