NSF STEM Scholarship

There is currently a shortage of students who pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers and there are great opportunities for graduates in these fields. Because there are more career opportunities in STEM fields than there are graduates to fill them, Penn State Behrend, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has created a scholarship program for selected students with demonstrated financial need who plan to major in STEM fields. NSF STEM Scholarship will be available for incoming students enrolling in fall 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Awards will range from $3,600 - $5,200 per academic year and are renewable as long as academic excellence and program participation requirements are met. Preference will be given to women and members of underrepresented groups, but all are eligible.

Student Support

Starting off your academic career in a STEM field is both exciting and challenging. In addition to the scholarship, you will participate in a peer mentoring program during your first year in the program. You will be advised by student peers who have been successful in STEM fields and also obtain help with academic success skills. STEM scholars at Penn State Behrend are part of a supportive network of students, peer mentors, faculty members and staff dedicated to their academic success.

Penn State Behrend also has a number of other related programs and student groups, including the Be-WISE freshman group (Behrend Women in the School of Engineering), as well as student chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black of Engineers.


Applications are now open for the 2015-16. Please complete your application by March 1, 2015.

How to apply:

  • Indicate an intention to major in a STEM field on your Penn State application
  • Must be offered admissions to Penn State Behrend
  • Complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st (FAFSA application becomes available January 1, 2015)
  • Complete the NSF STEM Scholarship Application by March 1, 2015

If you have any questions, please contact the Penn State Behrend Financial Aid Office at (814) 898-6162 or behrendfinaid@psu.edu.