RISE STEM Scholarship

Apply for the scholarship. Deadline: Feb. 1.

About the Program
National Science Foundation
NSF S-STEM Award #1833918

Established through a generous grant from The National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, the NSF RISE Scholars program recognizes, supports and empowers a group of academically talented students with financial need as they prepare to enter Research and Industry in Science and Engineering (RISE). This program includes a $10,000 scholarship for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study and involvement in a co-curricular program which seeks to develop the expertise of students in preparation for successful careers in STEM fields. RISE Scholars will create an inclusive community of science communicators who will broaden public understanding of STEM and promote the importance of STEM to address questions of societal and personal relevance.

Program Benefits & ComponentsEngineering student examines a structure.
  1. Renewable scholarship of $10,000 per year, in addition to RWU financial aid
  2. 8-Day Summer Bridge Program in the summer prior to freshman year, including faculty mentored research project, public communication of results, analysis of communication impacts, visits to professional research labs, fieldwork from RWU, course placement evaluation, introduction to learning management system, and academic support services
  3. Science Communication skill development
  4. Individual mentoring and advising
  5. Career development
  6. Research and internship opportunities
  7. Travel stipends for academic conferences

Read the Press Release about this NSF Grant

Eligibility & Requirements

Student feeds fish.Candidates must be admitted to the University and be majoring in Applied Math, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Marine Biology, or Math.

In addition, strong candidates will meet the following criteria:

  1. Show academic proficiency, achieving a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA 
  2. Achieve a minimum score of 550 on the Math SAT
  3. Have completed 4 years of high school math, and 3 years of high school lab-science 
  4. Be eligible for need-based financial aid & qualify for the Pell Grant or show significant financial need

Learn about Pell eligibility 

Application Process & Timeline

Application deadline: February 1

To be considered for the program, students should complete the Common Application for admission to the University, the FAFSA, and the online RISE application by February 1.

Apply for the RISE Scholarship

Notification date: By April 15

Please note that admissions decisions and initial financial aid awards will be sent out before scholarship decisions are made. In the event that a student is selected for the program, a new financial aid award will be generated and will replace the initial award that was given to the student. 

Award renewal is contingent upon achieving a 3.0 GPA or demonstrating satisfactory progress towards it, and persistence in a qualified STEM major.

    For more information about the RISE program, contact rise@rwu.edu.

    For more information about the application process and timeline, contact the Office of Admissions at admit@rwu.edu.