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Apply for the WCU S-STEM Scholarship Program

Accepted Students:

If you have already been accepted at WCU and are planning to major in Physics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Geosciences, you can submit an application for the S-STEM scholarship program. You will be taken to the S-STEM scholarship application after you sign-in.

Interested Students:

If you have been not already applied and been accepted to WCU, please submit an application.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, you will need to submit an application and send in your high school transcripts. SAT or ACT scores are optional this year. When you apply, please email Dr. Brandon Mitchell ( to make sure your application is expedited.

Once you are accepted, please follow the link above to access the scholarship application. While you are waiting for your formal acceptance, you may wish to start on the two short essay questions for the S-STEM application, which are:

  1. Commitment to STEM Field: Please write a 400-500-word essay about your career goals. Include details about your interest in and commitment to majoring in one of the selected fields. This may include participation in STEM-related activities during high school.
  2. Commitment to S-STEM Cohort: The S-STEM activities will include participation in a cohort of scholars/accountability teams, where you and the other scholars support each other during your journey through your STEM program of choice at WCU. Please write a 400-500-word essay about how you plan to participate in and support this community of scholars.


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 in 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 AY21/22 are eligible. Current WCU students and transfer students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Eligible applicants must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 3.3 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

Scholarship Application Deadline

The initial 2021-2022 Scholarship Application deadline is April 21st, 2021. Prospective students are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their FAFSA applications by March 2021.

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 (Associate Dean, College of Sciences and Mathematics)

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