Southwestern Illinois College is accepting applications for the STEM Scholars Program, a scholarship program for science, technology, engineering or mathematics majors.
The scholarships will pay full tuition and fees, and provide money for living and transportation expenses. Twelve to 14 new scholarships will be awarded each year to students who qualify for financial aid, are studying a STEM subject and are transferring to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree.
The application deadline is April 1 for fall 2016 scholarship awards.
SWIC received a more than $600,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop the STEM Scholars Program.
“Our program will provide access to STEM education for people who often don’t have such access — people who are minorities, low-income or first-generation college students,” Earth Science Professor Joy Branlund said. “We will help them learn the culture of STEM and do well.”
STEM Scholars also will be paired with faculty mentors, participate in study groups, take part in off-campus activities, such as college visits, and enroll in special topics courses.
The SWIC Math and Sciences Division has 36 full-time faculty members and offers classes in a variety of disciplines including math, biology, chemistry, Earth science, computer science, engineering and physics.