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S-STEM Program



2022 S-STEM scholars

Welcome to S-STEM! The S-STEM program provides four years of scholarship support for up to 15 qualifying incoming Biology or Neuroscience majors per year.  The average scholarship amount is $5000/year, depending on financial need.


S-STEM scholars will also receive four years of specialized opportunities and support, including:

  1. S-STEM scholar holding a braina dedicated UK 101 section for S-STEM scholars
  2. a first-year research experience
  3. peer and faculty mentoring
  4. career advising
  5. access to high-quality internships and research opportunities
  6. funds to support travel for research presentations or internships
  7. community-building activities

The S-STEM program is supported by funds from
the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the S-STEM scholarship, students should meet the following criteria:

  1. be enrolled at least half-time as an incoming first-year Biology or Neuroscience major at the University of Kentucky
  2. have a family income that falls below 150% of federally established poverty levels or be eligible for a federal Pell grant. You can find guidelines for this determination based on your family size HERE.
  3. have unmet financial need after other sources of aid are applied
  4. demonstrate academic potential as defined by an unweighted high school GPA of  ≥ 3.65 OR an unweighted high school GPA of  ≥ 3.3 and completion of precalculus or calculus
  5. complete a scholarship application

The deadline to apply has been extended. Apply today!



We are looking forward to hearing from you!



For more information, please contact the S-STEM program director:

Dr. Jennifer Osterhage
(859) 257-9322
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