For Fall 2020, a larger number of scholarships will be awarded to students at UNL, SCC or WNCC. A priority for scholarships awarded starting in Fall 2020 will be to award scholarships to students who will be first year students at UNL, SCC or WNCC.
STEM CONNECT is a five-year NSF grant (October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2024). New scholarships awarded in 2021 or later years will depend on the availability of funding and lessons learned during the first year of the grant.
It is also important to note that if you are receiving other financial support, the amount of the scholarship may be limited by your institution’s policies. Scholarships can be renewed for up to a total of four years of financial support as long as recipients maintain eligibility and meet the requirements of the STEM CONNECT program. Students who are first awarded a STEM CONNECT scholarship at SCC or WNCC can receive up to two years of support at their community college and then are eligible for two additional years of support if they transfer to UNL. If a STEM CONNECT Scholar chooses to transfer to UNL after only one year of support at SCC or WNCC, they are eligible to be supported for up to three years at UNL.
Your personal statement is viewed as an important part of the information that will be considered. In addition, each Scholarship Selection Committee will have access to the information you make available when you apply for admission and scholarship consideration as well as your collegiate academic record if you are a current student at UNL, SCC or WNCC.
Consistent with NSF’s desire to diversify the Nation’s STEM workforce by identifying and supporting talent from all of the Nation’s communities, the Scholarship Selection Committee will select a diverse pool of scholarship recipients that include: