NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program

NSF S-STEM Cohort 1 at University of Washington in SeattleThe NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving students that transferred from a Washington State Community College and who have demonstrated financial need as indicated by having Pell Grant Eligibility.


The award will  be in the $5000-$6500/year range, and will be renewable for a second year if you maintain good academic standing. 


The program at UW Seattle is open to transfer students from any Washington community college that will pursue degrees in the “materials-intensive” engineering departments at the UW:  Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.  Students must obtain Pell Grant eligibility to receive an award.

Program Services

In addition to receiving a scholarship, the S-STEM scholars will receive regular faculty mentoring, have opportunity to engage in research experiences, including seminars and access to faculty research laboratories, and will be able to access internship opportunities and other professional development activities.  The NSF S-STEM activities will also  include  mentor-mentee meetings, research seminars, lab visits, a peer-mentoring program, professional development seminars, social events, etc. 

Scholarship Application Deadline

The 2020-2021 Scholarship Application IS Available Now. Please consult Chemical Engineering ( for their Scholarship Submission deadline; April 15, 2020 is the deadline for Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Prospective students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their 2020-2021 FAFSA by the UW priority deadline of January 15th, 2020.   

Advertising Materials

If you are a community college or another institution looking to advertise this program to your students, here is a program flyer.

University and Department Application Deadlines and Instructions for the eligible departments

Chemical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering