NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program 

Wichita State College of Engineering

Program Overview 

We are excited to be part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM).  This program aims to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students who have demonstrated financial need who are pursuing degrees in Engineering and Computing with an interest in advanced manufacturing. 

In addition to receiving a scholarship, the S-STEM Scholars will receive regular faculty mentoring, and will be able to access internship opportunities and other professional development activities. S-STEM activities will also include mentor meetings, participation in the ACE or Spirit Strong Mentoring program, professional development seminars, and social events dedicated to help support students throughout their time at Wichita State. 


Applications for the 2024-2025 Academic year have closed and we will no longer be accepting applicants.

Feel free to reach out to Dr. Jacob Mendez, Assistant Dean at Jacob.mendez@wichita.edu for any questions.

Scholarship Amount

The total award will be approximately $18,750 spread out over 4 academic years. Final ammounts will be determined for each individual student based on their own financial need. 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

up to $10,000  $5,000 $2,500 $1,250

Program Eligibility 

How to apply to be an S-STEM Scholar

  1. Complete your WSU Application
  2. Complete your FAFSA and indicate on your FAFSA form to send results to WSU to confirm eligibility for this scholarship. 
  3. Compete online application form by Friday, March 1, 2024.  
    • On a separate document, word document or video discuss how participating in the S-STEM Program will support your long-term educational goals and future career plans. Please mention why you are interested in the Engineering field and your interest in advanced manufacturing. Your response will be limited to 3500 characters or 3-4 minute video.  (1 page single spaced) 
    • If you have troubles uploading, please e-mail to Jacob.mendez@wichita.edu
  4. Have one letter of recommendation submitted by your current High School Science, Math or PLTW Teacher. Send your reference the following letter that includes more details about what information is needed for the reference to be completed. 
  5. References will upload their recommendation letters and complete a brief questionnaire for each candidate they are recommending using the reference form link.
  6. Finalists will be notified mid-March and will be asked to participate in an in-person interview on Friday, March 29th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at John Bardo Center Room 264. More specific details will be emailed to the finalists directly prior to the interview.