Jun 11, 2014

Elms College to award more than $500,000 in STEM scholarships



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Staff report

CHICOPEE – Elms College will award more than half a million dollars in scholarships through its new Elm STEMS program to students who want to pursue careers in science, technology, and mathematics. The scholarships will be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Elms College Elm STEMS is a comprehensive program that provides tuition scholarships, career guidance, tutoring, peer mentoring and service learning activities centered on science, technology and mathematics. Over the multi­year grant period, Elms will enroll 21 STEM students interested in pursuing careers in these areas and will award them scholarships of between $3,800 and $10,000 a year, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements. 

The main objective of the grant from the NSF’s S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program is to increase enrollment of students interested in the life sciences, natural sciences, and computer information technology (CIT).

“This grant will allow the college to expand its science and technology enrollments within this supportive student learning environment.” said Sister Mary Reap, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, president of Elms College.

A key aspect of the program is improving the success of first-generation and minority students in challenging STEM fields, and also providing STEM students with opportunities to participate in research or an industry internship.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award, and that it will help Elms College strengthen its ties with regional technology industries and provide students with the opportunity to participate in a research or industry internship experience,” said Nina Theis, Elms assistant professor of biology and principal investigator on the project.

Beryl Hoffman, assistant professor of computer information technology, is the co-principal investigator on the project. Additional information can be found online at elms.edu/elmstems.