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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6244

S-STEM Scholar

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is pleased to provide scholarship support to nine students for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Be sure to read all directions carefully and complete all application components. The scholar portions of the application and confidential letters of recommendation must be received by Friday, February 20, 2015.

Please mail or hand-deliver one paper copy of each application component to:

Dr. Joanna Joyner-Matos
Department of Biology
Eastern Washington University
258 Science Building
Cheney, WA 99004
The scholar components of the application, due Friday, February 20th:

  • Complete cover sheet (pages 3-4 of this packet), with original signature; if necessary you may attach additional pages to answer the questions.
  • Separate sheet with personal essay (see page 4 for instructions).
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college-level coursework.
  • A 2014-2015 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with EWU.

The recommendation components of the application, due Friday, February 20th:

  • Two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf.
  • At least one of the letters must be from a college-level instructor.
  • The letters must be confidential, have an original signature, and be provided in sealed envelopes with your name on the front.
  • Please inform those who are writing your letters that the letters should address your interest in and aptitude for STEM fields and your ability to work with others.

This application and additional information about the S-STEM program is available at: Please feel free to contact Dr. Joyner-Matos at with any questions.

Overview to the S-STEM program

The "Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" (S-STEM) program at EWU supports student success by providing scholarship, academic, and career development support to STEM students with financial needs, enabling them to focus on their studies rather than on outside employment.

The EWU S-STEM program supports juniors and seniors who are pursuing degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, or Environmental Science. Students in preclinical programs (including medicine, dental, veterinary medicine, medical laboratory science, etc.) are not eligible.

S-STEM scholars will receive up to $7,000 per year (depending on their unmet financial need) for two years and are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and to participate in monthly activities that will include faculty advising, community service, career services counseling, and professional development activities with our agency and industry partners.

Required qualifications

To be eligible for an S-STEM scholarship, applicants must:

  • be US citizens or an eligible non-citizen, defined as a nationals of the US as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence.
  • be enrolled full time and declared in a baccalaureate degree program in Biology (other than preclinical), Biochemistry, or Environmental Science
  • demonstrate financial need as defined by your FAFSA information
  • complete BIOL 171, 172, 173  introductory sequence prior to the start of scholarship support (Fall 2015)
  • demonstrate academic potential with a cumulative grade point average ≥ 3.0

Preferred qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • are members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields
  • are first generation college students (neither parent completed a four-year college degree)
  • have the greatest financial need
  • exhibit academic merit
  • exhibit engagement with the discipline (motivation) as evidenced by their essay and recommendation letters
  • exhibit professionalism by submitting applications that are complete, with correct grammar and spelling

Application Form

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