Science of Success STEM Scholarship Program

LogoThe NDSCS Science of Success STEM Scholarship program, funded by a $1,447,429 National Science Foundation grant, provides financial, academic, and career-readiness assistance to students through a comprehensive scholarship program. Approximately 70 scholarships will be awarded over a six-year period (2022-2028).


STEM Scholarship Benefits

The Science of Success Program offers STEM students a comprehensive infrastructure of financial, academic, and career-readiness support. The benefits of the Science of Success Program include:

  • Financial assistance of up to $10,000 per year.
  • Academic and career skill mentoring provided by faculty and peer mentors.
  • Professional development activities designed to contribute to your career success.

Transfer Scholarship

The Science of Success Program offers a one-time transfer scholarship of up to $5,000 for graduating STEM Scholarship students on acceptance and entry into a STEM-related field at a four-year college or university. Up to three scholarships will be awarded per year beginning in 2023.

NDSCS Programs Eligible for The Science of Success STEM Scholarship 

  • Architectural Modeling & Design Technology
  • Electrical Construction
  • Electrical Master Technician
  • Industrial Electrical
  • HVAC/R Technology
  • Information Systems Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
  • Precision Machining Technology
  • Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Liberal Arts - Biotechnology
  • Liberal Arts - Chemistry
  • Liberal Arts - Computer Science
  • Liberal Arts - Engineering
  • Liberal Arts - Mathematics

Criteria for scholarship eligibility

  • Be a United States citizen, national, refugee alien or permanent resident alien.
  • Be enrolled at least part time (6 credits or more) in one of the eligible NDSCS STEM programs for each semester they receive the scholarship.
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined for undergraduate students by the US Department of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Demonstrate academic talent with a high school or college GPA of 3.0*.
    • *The scholarship selection committee may select scholarship students with a high school or college GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 by identifying demonstrated academic promise, such as rising GPAs during high school or college, strong letters of recommendation, ACT scores, 3.0 GPA in STEM courses, or strong STEM aptitude.
  • Submit a complete application, including two references and a 500-word (maximum length) essay describing program interest, educational and extracurricular experiences, and career goals.

Expectations of scholarship recipients

  • Be enrolled in one of the eligible NDSCS STEM programs each semester and maintain satisfactory progress toward degree completion.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing: 2.50 GPA for Technologies and Services Programs and 3.00 GPA for Liberal Arts Programs.
  • Participate in mentoring activities and related student success activities.
  • Participate in career success activities.
  • Participate in campus or professional clubs & organizations.
  • Complete periodic surveys as requested by the Grants Director or Project Director.

Application Deadlines

For the 2024-25 academic year, applications received by September 4, 2024 will receive the highest priority.
Apply by filling out this STEM Application Form.

Contact Information
William Shay, Project Director
(701) 671-2341