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STEM Scholarship Application

STEM Scholarship Requirements

  • STEM scholarships are open to students who are interested in majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.
  • Students must major in a STEM field such as biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, robotics, medical pre-professional, physics, science education or a related discipline.
  • Covers up to a maximum of $1,500 toward tuition and fees for two consecutive semesters (maximum of $750 per semester)
  • Requires full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credits) for Fall/Spring semesters including a minimum of two math and/or science courses per semester
  • Students will be contacted by the Math/Science Department to schedule an interview

STEM scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Math/Science Department at Southwestern Michigan College. Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview or audition. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. Priority consideration will begin in early Spring of the academic year selected and will continue until funds are exhausted.

Reminder: Make sure you apply for admission to SMC and send your transcripts to SMC. We must have this information on file before you can receive a scholarship.

Academic Year
Select the academic year for which you are applying.

The 2020-2021 academic year starts in September 2020 and runs through August 2021 and includes a Fall, Spring and Summer term. Consideration for the 2020-2021 scholarship will end on January 31, 2020.

Personal Information
High School Information
Grade Point Average
Enter your cumulative (unweighted) grade point average on 4.0 scale. GPA may be calculated at the conclusion of junior year or after the first grading period of senior year. Before scholarship consideration, official high school transcripts must be submitted to the college.
Scholarship Essay
In the space provided above, please enter your essay detailing why you are interested in majoring in a STEM field. Your essay must be at least 250 words but not more than 500 words in length. A restriction has been applied to this field to provide a warning if your essay does not contain the minimum number of words or if it exceeds the maximum number of words allowed.
Letter of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher is a required. You may upload it below or mail it in separately. Please select your preferred method below.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.

Your letter of recommendation should be sent to:
Ria Thomas
Math/Science Department
Southwestern Michigan College
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

This information will be included in the confirmation email that will be sent to you when you submit this form.

Extracurricular Activities
Please list all relevant extracurricular activities (math- or science-based clubs, contests or other activities) in which you have participated and the dates you participated in them.
SMC Policies and Procedures

I agree to abide by the policies and procedures governing the award and acceptance of the scholarship for which I am applying. Furthermore, I affirm that the information provided on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I further understand that applying for a scholarship does not guarantee I will be selected to receive an award. I authorize Southwestern Michigan College to publicize my receipt of any scholarship as appropriate.

Please enter any additional questions or comments in the space provided above.