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National Science Foundation Logo Entering 1st year students that have been accepted to WCU can access the Application for the S-STEM Scholarship. Please submit your application by March 1st 2022 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until April 15th.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Brandon Mitchell at

Scholarship Overview

The WCU Nanoscience for Health and Technology S-STEM Scholarship program supports the retention and graduation of high-achieving students who are interested in the applications of Nanoscience for the advancement of society.

The project also supports the development and implementation of curricular and co-curricular programs that improve student success and professional preparedness in STEM fields. In addition, scholar participation n the activities planned will enhance our understanding of effective teaching and retention strategies in STEM disciplines.


Scholars will receive up to $9,000 per year in academic scholarships for four years contingent upon maintaining good academic standing.

Research and Internships

Scholars will receive a $4,000 stipend to participate in an 8-week research or internship program in their second and third years in the program. Summer research performed at WCU will include room and board.


Only students entering WCU in the AY22/23 will be eligible. Current WCU students and transfer students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Eligible applicants must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 3.20 and obtain Pell Grant Eligibility based on FAFSA. Students are expected to participate in ~75% of the co-curricular program activities aimed at providing support to the scholars and gaining knowledge on effective teaching and support strategies for future S-STEM students. In addition, students must express an interest in Nanoscience and a desire to major in one of the following programs:

Program Highlights

  • Interactive Lab-based Summer STEMersion camp.
  • Participation in a peer-mentoring cohort.
  • Nanoscience in the News Seminar.
  • Nanoscience in STEM Lecture Series
  • Research mentoring.
  • Resume writing and Job Search Workshops
  • Graduate School Fellowship-writing Workshops
  • Travel to conferences.
  • Paid summer research opportunities and internships

Program Directors

Dr. Brandon Mitchell (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Engineering)

Dr. Anil Kandalam (Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Engineering)

Dr. Emily Miller (Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics)

Dr John Craig (Director of Educational Development)

Dr. Vishal Shah (Dean, Division of Math, Science and Health Careers at Community College of Philadelphia)

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