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NSF S-STEM Scholarship

The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program aims to increase retention of high-achieving students with financial need who transferred from a community college to their four year University.

NSF S-STEM Cohort 1 at University of Washington in Seattle

NSF S-STEM Cohort 1 at University of Washington in Seattle


The award will be approximately $5700/year, and will be renewable for a second year if you maintain good academic standing.


Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a transfer student from any Washington community college
  • Pursuing degrees in the “materials-intensive” engineering departments: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Students must obtain Pell Grant eligibility via the FAFSA (see below for deadlines)

Program features

In addition to receiving a scholarship, the S-STEM Scholars will receive regular faculty mentoring, 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.

How to become an S-STEM Scholar

We strongly encourage current students who meet the criteria to reach out to the contacts below for program consideration. We are actively looking for candidates.

Incoming applicants should reach out to the advisers to learn more about how the admissions process works, ask questions and to receive advice on making their departmental application as strong as possible. If you are admitted to a department, we will be in touch with more details about consideration for the NSF S-STEM Scholarship.

FAFSA deadlines

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form is available October 1 for the following school year. Learn more about federal financial aid, review FAFSA Deadlines, and complete the FAFSA Form on the Federal Student Aid website.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA Form by the UW priority deadline of January 15 even if they have not yet made a final decision to apply to the UW.

Indicate the UW on your FAFSA Form, 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 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