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NSF S-STEM Scholars 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 approximately $5700/year, 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 via the FAFSA 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. 

Becoming an S-STEM Scholar:  Department Application and Admission

We are actively looking for eligible students, and your odds of receiving this award are good if you are Pell grant eligible AND are admitted to UW Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.  

The academic advisors in each department encourage you to contact the advisors for the department(s) you are considering ahead of application time so you can talk over the departmental application process, get your questions answered, and receive advice about making your departmental application as strong as possible.  Contact Information for making appointments:

If you are admitted to a department, we will be in touch with more details about consideration for the NSF S-STEM Scholarship; you may also reach out to your departmental advisor for more information and to express an interest in the award.

FAFSA Deadlines

The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 school year is available as of OCT 1, 2020 at the FAFSA web site

Prospective students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their 2021-2022 FAFSA to FAFSA by the UW priority deadline of January 15th, 2021 even if you have not yet made a final decision to apply to the UW .  Indicate the UW on your FAFSA application, and the UW will be sent a copy of your results.  Most university priority deadlines are around the same time, and meeting priority deadlines means you will be eligible for the most favorable financial aid packages at the school you attend.  However, if you do miss the priority deadline, not to worry!  Just apply as soon as you are able.  You do need to have FAFSA data on file at the UW indicating Pell eligibility to receive the NSF S-STEM Scholarship.

University and Department Application Deadlines and More Information

Chemical Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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