The S-STEM Scholars Program sets students up for academic success by surrounding them with a cohort of other strong STEM students to lean on for support and inspiration. All S-STEM Scholars are co-enrolled in one of their first-year science or math courses to foster collaboration, academic support, and community-building within BHSU's science and math programs. S-STEM Scholars receive one-on-one advising with a professional advisor in addition to a science or math faculty mentor. Students also participate in a special section of the General Studies 100 class (GS100), where they learn more about pursuing careers in the STEM fields while actively building their professional network.
The S-STEM Scholars Program targets students with financial need who have a passion and who show academic promise for a career in the STEM fields.
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) (Division of Undergraduate Education, Award #2221350).
Participants must pursue a major in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Environmental Physical Science, or Mathematics. Students must also have demonstrated financial need (as indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA) and have a strong academic record. Students selected for the S-STEM Scholars Program may receive up to $10,000 in annual scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years. These scholarship dollars can be stacked on top of any other financial aid you receive from Black Hills State University. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States*.
Applicants who have completed dual-credit undergraduate courses during high school are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be students new to BHSU with plans for four years of study at BHSU. Academic plans should include earning a degree that could lead to a career in STEM research or pursuit of a graduate-level degree in a STEM discipline. S-STEM funds are not intended for students planning to pursue a career in healthcare.
Completed applications will be reviewed as received. Completed applications include the FAFSA, BHSU enrollment application, and the S-STEM application components, including a recommendation supplied by a teacher. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited for this scholarship opportunity so we invite you to apply early.
Inquiries for more information can be sent to S-STEM@BHSU.edu
*Be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Please note that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) individuals are ineligible for support from this solicitation unless they meet the requirements listed in the first sentence of this bullet by the time of application.