STEM Scholarships

NSF STEM Scholarships

nsf_logoWant to major in science or math, but still need more scholarship money? You’re in the right place!

Using funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Kentucky Wesleyan College has initiated a program to increase the number of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Supported by NSF Grant Number 1059655.

We will award need-based scholarships to academically promising students pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline – Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Math Education, Physics, Pre-Engineering, Science Education or Zoology.

Additional preference will be given to applications who are members of an underrepresented race, gender or group that is in some way underserved. (See a story on the NSF award here.)

Here are the application and a checklist to download. More info and instructions are below:

KWC S-STEM Scholarship Application

KWC S-STEM Scholarship Checklist



Each fall, Kentucky Wesleyan will award scholarships worth up to $6,000 per year to incoming freshmen and transfer students. The scholarships will be renewable each year as long as the recipient continues to meet the qualifying criteria. The S-STEM program will run until the spring semester of 2017, and then will be subject to renewal by the NSF.

Award Criteria

Incoming freshmen or transfer students at Kentucky Wesleyan must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, U.S. Permanent Resident, or Admitted Refugee
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in one of the following fields:
  • Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Math Education (Middle Grades and Elementary Math Specialists), Physics, Pre-Engineering (3+2 program), Science Education (Middle Grades and Elementary Science Specialists) or Zoology
  • Demonstrate academic potential or ability
  • Demonstrate financial need (evidenced by a Cost of Attendance less Estimated Family Contribution amount that is positive and larger than the scholarship amount of $6000 per year)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.8 and a STEM GPA of a 3.0

Preferred Criteria:

  • High academic ability or potential as evidenced by high school grades (GPA 3.0 or higher), Community College grades (overall GPA or at least a 2.8 and a STEM GPA of a 3.0) and ACT/SAT scores of 24/1100
  • Member of underrepresented groups (first-generation, women, or racial/ethnic minority)
  • Strong social skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability


Procedure for Applying

To be considered, you must submit all of the following application materials (use our checklist to make sure you complete everything):

The following materials should be sent directly to: Dr. Evelyn Hiatt, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 3000 Frederica St., Owensboro, Kentucky  42301:

  • Completed KWC S-STEM application form
  • Completed KWC S-STEM checklist
  • A short essay (500 word limit) discussing your personal, academic, and professional goals
  • A signed and dated letter of recommendation from a math or science instructor addressing your ability to succeed in school and a STEM discipline

Deadlines for 2015 Application Materials

Freshmen: Postmarked by February 6, 2015

Transfers:  Postmarked by April 10, 2015

The KWC S-STEM Scholarship selection committee will review all completed applications and select as recipients those students best meeting the award criteria. All recipients will receive a personal letter of notification.

KWC S-STEM Scholarship Application 

(Complete online with free Adobe Reader and print to mail, or print and then complete the form)

KWC S-STEM Scholarship Checklist

(Complete online with free Adobe Reader and print to mail, or print and then complete the form)


More Information

For information about this scholarship program or the application procedure, contact Dr. Evelyn Hiatt at 270-852-3158 or