STEM Transformational Experiences to Promote Success
Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the STEPS Program provides scholarships, research opportunities, and academic and professional development support for academically talented, financially eligible students majoring in Chemistry or Biology at Keene State College.
To learn more about the STEPS Program contact:
Professor of Chemistry
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a STEPS scholar, please complete and submit your application to Keene State College and indicate an interest in majoring in Chemistry or Biology.
Then complete your financial aid documentation (FASFA) to determine your scholarship eligibility. Review of applications for scholarships will begin in early March and will continue while funding remains.
Why become a STEPS scholar at KSC?
There’s a high demand for skilled scientists and technicians in the U.S. Your bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Biology, along with the hands-on research experience you’ll gain as a STEPS scholar, will set you on the path to succeed in a STEM career. The financial, academic, and career preparation support you’ll receive will allow you to take STEPS toward a great future!
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The STEPS program provides
- Four-year scholarships: Average $6,000 – $8,000 per year with demonstrated financial need, on top of any other financial aid you may receive.
- Peer course assistance: Upper-class students serve as mentors and tutors for required first year courses.
- Paid research opportunities: You’ll work closely with faculty researchers, applying what you learn in class to real-world, important research while gaining skills highly sought after by employers.
- Internships: Build skills even further by working in local STEM industries.
- Career preparation: Advisors help you work toward your future—assistance with job searches, resume building, interview skills, or preparing for graduate school. Connections with professionals and alumni provide valuable networking opportunities and the chance to learn from tskhe experiences of recent graduates.
- A learning community: STEPS scholars learn and work together while forming relationships with their professors and mentors.
- Enroll at KSC as a full-time student and declare a Biology or Chemistry major
- Demonstrate academic ability or potential
- Demonstrate financial need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Trio Program low-income criteria
- Meet citizenship/immigration status requirements
Academic ability/potential will be determined by
- High school GPA of 3.0 or placed in top 20% of graduating class
- High school science and math grades and range of courses
- Academic or extracurricular activities related to research
- SAT/ACT scores (if available)
Requirements for continued participation
- Expected progress toward degree—required courses completed
- Completion of 30 credit hours per year
- 2.5 GPA in chemistry/biology courses in year one; 3.0 in years 2 – 4
- Overall GPA of 2.5
- Continue to meet financial need criteria
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