Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program



A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  Through funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the S-STEM Program at New Mexico State University provides financial support to academically talented engineering students who demonstrate financial need.  The educational experiences of S-STEM recipients are further enhanced through cohort activities that promote academic challenge, mentoring relationships, workforce preparedness, and professional excellence. The College of Engineering is currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • NMSU or transfer student (currently enrolled at NMSU)
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or alien refugee
  • Minimum 2.7 cumulative grade point average (NMSU or transfer institution)
  • Completion of the following NMSU courses (or transfer equivalents) with C grade or higher:
    • CHEM 110 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 115
    • ENGR 100 (or equivalent grade for major)
    • MATH 121
  • Enrollment in 15 or more credit hours per eligible semester
  • Engineering major (Engineering Physics included)
  • Demonstration of financial need through submitted 2017-18 FAFSA application
  • Five or six semesters remaining prior to graduation (preferred)

Program Benefits:

  • Students are afforded an easier transition to university life with the opportunity to participate in the Cohort Academic and Professional Experience (CAPE) program. The program provides:  1) individualized self-assessment and monitoring, 2) academic success workshops, 3) one-on-one relationships with S-STEM faculty mentors, and 4) training to improve self-study skills.
  • Students are provided scholarships for up to eight (8) semesters provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship amounts (as determined by the NMSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office) vary among recipients based on the financial need of each student.
  • Students are made aware of existing opportunities, including engineering conferences and industry-sponsored scholarships, research experiences for undergraduates, co-ops, and internships.
  • Students are better prepared to enter the high-technology workforce due to the additional opportunities for academic and professional growth, including mentoring, workshops, and seminars.

Application Documents (to be uploaded to the application link):  

  • Completed Student Information Disclosure Statement (Click on link.)
  • One-page, single-spaced essay detailing your background, academic goals, and professional aspirations
  • One letter of recommendation from faculty (preferably a teacher who can speak to your performance in STEM-related coursework, and your motivation, academic potential, and professionalism)
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) with most recent grades and enrollment:
    • NMSU Student:
      • Download an unofficial transcript from
      • See “Transfer Student” if you previously attended other institution(s)
    • Transfer Student/NMSU student who previously attended other institution(s):
      • Request an email copy of prior institution transcripts (not transferable credits listed on the NMSU transcript) from the NMSU Registrar Office

Application Link:

For more information, contact: 

Trina Hartshorne
S-STEM Specialist
Engineering Complex I, Room 107
Phone: 575-646-2250