STEM Scholars Program

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Do you have what it takes to be a National Science Foundation STEM Scholar at the College of Saint Elizabeth?

CSE's STEM Scholars Program provides a unique scholarship opportunity and career-oriented academic benefits. High-achieving students interested in majoring in biology, and who are deemed financially eligible to attend college, are strongly encouraged to apply!

CSE is one of six institutions which are part of a research project using a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (NSF S-STEM).

This means that starting in the fall of 2018, CSE will provide up to 18 first-year students with as much as $6,000 a year in scholarship aid for each of their four years of college, along with other benefits such as a laptop computer or iPad Pro, mentoring, individualized advising and involvement in research projects.

Support Includes:

  • Scholarship award up to $6,000 per year for each of your four years in college
  • A high-quality laptop computer or iPad Pro for use throughout your degree program
  • STEM-focused "CATALYST" program designed to enhance community building and facilitate student success
  • First-year seminar taught by biology faculty
  • Faculty/peer mentors program
  • Various STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research/project-based learning, as well as a seminar series by scientists
  • Graduate school/career preparation through workshops and cohort activities
  • An annual institute with scholars from the six partnering institutions

The goal of the STEM Scholars Program is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the workforce or a life science-related graduate program upon graduation from CSE.

For more information about CSE's STEM Scholars or the NSF S-STEM grant, please contact Dr. Anthony Santamaria at


  • Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Get additional information about filling out your FAFSA.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time, first-year student.
  • Intend to major in biology.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete and submit your STEM Scholars Program Application here, which will include short statements about why you think you are eligible for the Program, and about your academic goals.
  2. Complete your general CSE application for admission, if you have not already done so. Get started here.
  3. Submit your FAFSA, if you have not already done so, as soon as possible.

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