Funded by the National Science Foundation
Saint Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year $647,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars Program, a program designed to encourage academically-talented students, who have demonstrated need of financial assistance, to enter into and succeed in a community of young scientists. The grant provides considerable scholarship aid, ranging from $5,000 to $7,200 per year, for each of the recipient’s four years in college. The first group of Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars will be selected from first-year students entering in the fall of 2018 who are committed to pursuing a range of science fields, including: chemistry, biology, environmental science, biochemistry, and marine science.
Saint Joseph's College Science Scholars
The selected Saint Joseph’s College Science Scholars will benefit from receiving:
- Four years of scholarship support at levels ranging from $5,000 to $7,200 each of four years;
- One-week field experience prior to the freshman fall;
- Science Scholar seminars, conferences, and research experiences;
- Support from faculty and upperclassman mentors;
- Use of a laptop for four years;
Science Scholars will be selected from entering first-year students who are majoring in biology, environmental, chemistry, biochemistry, or marine science.
Scholarship Criteria and Application Process
Scholarship awardees must:
- Be a US citizen, a National of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), an alien admitted as a refugee under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
- Demonstrate success in high school coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and other STEM-related courses.
- Submit SAT scores.
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Enroll as a first-year, full-time student.
- Express commitment to major in one of the following STEM disciplines: biology, environmental science, biochemistry, chemistry, marine science.
- Maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and remain on track to graduate in four years.
How to Apply
Submit the following items to the Admissions Office (Email your essay to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Science Scholars".):
Complete application form by clicking "apply online" below.
Submit a 250-300 word essay that describes your interest in the NSF S-STEM program, your past experiences or accomplishments in the sciences, and career goals. (If you have already written about this topic in your SJC application, then you have already finished this step.
Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school STEM teacher.
If you have any questions, please contact Admissions at
About the award, President James Dlugos, Ph.D. said, “This National Science Foundation grant allows us to recruit and graduate some of the best science students from New England and beyond. With these funds, we can offer greater access to higher education in the sciences, offer an innovative approach to science career development, and help meet the growing workforce needs in STEM fields.”
Dr. Steven Jury, Assistant Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator on the grant said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to recruit excellent science students with diverse backgrounds and have them choose our Science Scholars Program. With our access to Sebago Lake, the Gulf of Maine, the White Mountains, and coastal estuaries, Saint Joseph’s College students not only study science, but will work as a community of scientists in the lab and field. We’re confident that our Science Scholars program can serve as a model for other programs across the country.”
“We have biomedical corporations approach us and ask, ‘How can we increase the pipeline of science students who are available to recruit? We are having trouble filling available positions.’ Nationally, there is a shortage of critical thinkers and problem solvers in the science fields. We are trying to address this by creating a new model for science education at the college level,” said Dr. Johan Erikson, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Co-Principal Investigator.
Dr. Marion Young, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Co-Principal Investigator on the grant said, “The Science Scholars program fosters building a community of scientists, helping science students to become part of a team, part of something even bigger than the College.” As the social scientist on the grant, Dr. Young will research the impact of science student participation in the grant-funded program on their persistence through the four-year college experience and after graduation.