STEM Scholarship Program FAQs
About the NSF S-STEM Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF), is partnering with SMC’s existing Science and Research Initiative (SRI) to offer a "STEM Scholarship Program" and will provide scholarships each semester between Fall 2016 and Spring 2020 to academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in one of the supported STEM disciplines.
Please Email PDF copies of your financial aid award letter and unofficial transcripts (for first semester SMC Students ONLY) to:
You may also submit your materials by mail to:
NSF STEM Scholarship Program
1900 Pico Boulevard, DH 301
Santa Monica, CA 90405
You may also submit them in person to the STEM Program offices located on the SMC Main Campus in Drescher Hall, Room 301 (DH 301) between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I don't meet all of the criteria under "Required Qualification" (link back to Qualifications)?
Unfortunately, the nature of the NSF funding requires students to be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (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 United States for permanent residence.
*DACA students are ineligible for this scholarship opportunity. You MUST also qualify for need-based Federal financial aid, AND be a confirmed STEM major.
- What if f I don’t meet the criteria under “Preferred Qualifications?
Please apply regardless and describe your unique situation. For example, if you have not been able to be a “full time student” for financial reasons, the review committee will take that into consideration when ranking the preferred qualifications.
- How do I know if I qualify for “need-based” federal financial aid?
If you filled out a FAFSA for this term, you were given an award letter that explains your award status. View a
Graphic of the Financial Aid Process.
Eligibility for Pell grants, Federal Work Study, and Direct Subsidized loans are considered need-based federal financial aid. View a
Graphic of Types of Aid
- How should I approach a faculty member for a recommendation with such a fast turn-around?
We understand that the turnaround is fast. Here are some easy steps to help you with a request for support from a faculty member.
- Start by asking a faculty member who knows you well.
- Provide them with some back ground info (Letter of Rec Request Form). Let them know it’s not a formal letter, but a brief online form that will ask no more than 3-4 questions about your potential in STEM. (See
Student Application info)
- If they have any questions, direct them to the
Faculty Recommendation page for more information.