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



The S-STEM Project provides financial support to academically talented engineering students who demonstrate financial need (according to S-STEM guidelines), improving their educational experience through activities that promote academic and professional excellence and workforce preparedness.  With funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program, the NMSU College of Engineering is recruiting engineering students for Fall 2017.

Who is eligible to participate in the S-STEM Program?

To participate in the S-STEM Project, a student must meet the following eligibility requirements (revised eligibility criteria):

  • Completion of introductory chemistry course (CHEM 111, CHEM 115, or CHEM 110), Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 100) or equivalent course for major, and math through Algebra II (Math 121) with a grade of C or better in each course
  • Scheduled to be enrolled in 15 credit hours
  • Declared major in engineering (including Engineering Physics)
  • U.S. citizenship or status as a national, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien in accordance with section IV of Program Solicitation NSF 15-581
  • Demonstration of financial need in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Preferably sophomore status

What are the benefits of participating in the S-STEM Program?

  • Students are provided scholarships for up to eight (8) continuous semesters, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements starting in fall 2016 semester. Scholarship amounts will vary based on unmet financial need, as calculated by the NMSU Financial Aid Office and based on the NMSU annual cost of attendance.
  • Students are afforded an easier transition to university life with the opportunity to participate in the S-STEM Cohort Academic and Professional Experience (CAPE) program. The CAPE program provides the following: 1) individualized self-assessment and monitoring, 2) academic success workshops, 3) one-on-one relationships with S-STEM faculty mentors, and 4) training to increase self-study skills.
  • Students are made aware of existing opportunities, including engineering conferences and industry-sponsored scholarships, co-ops, and internships.
  • Students are better prepared to enter the high technology workforce because of the many opportunities for academic and professional growth and development, including career-focused workshops, seminars, and other events and opportunities.

How do students apply?

To apply to the S-STEM Project you must submit an application packet consisting of the following:

  • A complete S-STEM Application Form, including student information and a signed disclosure statement
  • A short essay (250-500 words) discussing your academic and professional goals
  • A current unofficial transcript (showing Fall 2017 enrollment preferably)
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member. You are advised to request a recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your performance in STEM-related coursework and on your motivation, academic potential, and professionalism.

To apply, submit an application to:

For more information, contact: 

Trina Hartshorne

Phone:  575-646-2250