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STEM Scholars Program Conditions – 2016-2017
STEM Scholars
A program funded by the National Science Foundation that provides financial support (covering tuition, fees and cost of living) as well as academic support to selected students who meet the following requirements:
1. The student must be planning on transferring to a four-year school and majoring in STEM. STEM refers to,
“science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences; computer and information sciences; geosciences; engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.),” according to NSF’s S-STEM solicitation.
2. The student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) listing Southwestern Illinois College,
(School code:001636) as a choice of school in the college release section. The student must be eligible for federal aid. 3. All recipients of this scholarship must be a resident of SWIC District 522 or East St. Louis at the time of application and during attendance at SWIC.
4. All recipients of this scholarship must be U. S. citizens, nationals (as defined in section 101(a) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act), permanent resident aliens, or aliens admitted as refugees (as defined by section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act).
5. Score at least 24 on the ACT, or take SWIC’s placement tests and place at least into ENG101 and MATH97. A non-returnable copy of Official ACT scores must be provided, or COMPASS tests must be taken at SWIC by
April 1, 2016.
6. The scholarship is for tuition for classes that appear on student’s academic transcripts, as well as fees, books, and living expenses.
7. The scholarship will be renewed automatically for a second year assuming the recipient is meeting the program requirements (including filing the FAFSA every year for the duration of program participation).
8. The student must be enrolled full-time each semester (minimum of 12 semester credits) to receive the scholarship. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credits per semester.
9. With permission, the scholarship will cover a summer course and/or a third year of participation.
10. The student must maintain satisfactory progress (minimum 2.75 semester and cumulative GPA) and complete program requirements (attend > 80% of enhancement events and study sessions, complete and submit > 80% of all mentor logs, submit >75% of all instructor evaluations) to receive the award for additional semesters.
11. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2016. Please submit all application materials together (see checklist on the Application). SWIC employees can help you with the application process. At the SWIC campus, the Success
Center offers workshops on applying for scholarships, the
Financial Aid Office can help you fill out the FAFSA, and the Registration Office can help you fill out a New
Student Information form and give you directions on taking the COMPASS tests.

Direct inquiries and all required information to:

Southwestern Illinois College
Joy Branlund, Professor of Earth Science
Phone: (618) 931-0600 x7451
2500 Carlyle Avenue – Belleville, IL 62221

12. The SWIC STEM Scholars Advisory Committee will determine the recipients based upon the above criteria and will notify applicants in writing of the decision.

STEM Scholars Program Application – 2016-2017


Telephone # (




High School Attended

High School
Graduation Date (Month/Year)

GED taken in (county)

GED Completion
Date (Month/Year)

Anticipated premajor – select one (if you don’t select one of these then this scholarship isn’t for you)

r Biology r Chemistry r Computer Science

r Earth Science (geology, meteorology, oceanography) r Engineering

Which SWIC campus is most convenient for you?

r Female

r Belleville

r Mathematics r Physics

r Sam Wolf Granite City

r Red Bud

r Male

Race/Ethnicity r American Indian or Alaskan Native r Asian r Black or African American r Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander r White
Are you Hispanic or Latino? r Yes

r No

Have either of your parents or guardians completed a Bachelor’s degree? r Yes r No

Application Checklist r Fill out the information requested above, r Read and sign the statement at the bottom of this page. r Answer the questions in detail on the following page (attach another page if necessary). r Submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to your interest in science, math, engineering, and/or technology (for example, a teacher or professional). Please give the included form to the person.

Return this application and all required information to:

Southwestern Illinois College
Joy Branlund, Professor of Earth Science
2500 Carlyle Avenue - Belleville, IL 62221

Deadline: April 1, 2016

Name of person writing your letter ___________________________________________________________ r Write an essay (500 words or less) explaining:
• your interest in science, math, engineering, and/or technology
• your commitment to college education, and
• why you think you deserve the scholarship r Request transcripts from your high school as well as any colleges you’ve attended. r Return the application, transcripts, official copy of ACT scores (if applicable), essay and letter of recommendation to
Joy Branlund, Professor of Earth Science, 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221. r Make sure that SWIC has received the results of your processed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the award year that you wish to receive the scholarship. The FAFSA is available on-line at
SWIC’s school code is 001636. You can also complete the FAFSA in SWIC’s Financial Aid Office. r Visit the SWIC campus, complete a New Student Information Form at Registration, and then take the Math
COMPASS test (by April 1). If you scored less than a 24 on the English portion of your ACT, then take the English
COMPASS as well.

1. One of the purposes of this scholarship is to provide enough support to allow students to attend college full time. If awarded the scholarship, would you be able to be a full-time student? r Yes r No

2. If you are awarded the scholarship, would you plan on working while attending SWIC? If so, please explain your work plans (number of hours and type of work).

3. Will you be able to attend college without this scholarship? r Yes r No
4. Scholarship awardees must attend some activities held during non-class hours (such as in the evening or off-campus day-long trips). Describe any obligations that would prevent you from attending these events.

5. The scholarship recipients are expected to earn an Associate’s degree from SWIC and then transfer to a four-year college where they will complete their Bachelor’s degree. If you’ve thought about where you’d like to transfer, and/or what career you’d like after completing college, please tell us about those plans.

6. How did you find out about this opportunity? r Teacher r Guidance Counselor r Post card r Newspaper r Website r Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) r Other ________________________________________________
Please read and sign the following statement.
I certify the information reported on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I have read the conditions of this scholarship as outlined and understand that:
I understand that renewal requires the following conditions be met:
• Enroll and maintain full time status (12-18 credits per semester)
• Maintain residence requirements and be eligible for financial aid (submit a FAFSA each year of the program)
• Be enrolled in a A. S. or A. E. S. degree with a plan to transfer to a four-year college to major in biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, mathematics or physics
• Maintain a minimum 2.75 semester and cumulative GPA
• Attend enhancement events (approximately six held per year outside of class time)
• Attend weekly study sessions
• Meet with the assigned faculty mentor at least three times a semester, complete and submit more than 80 percent of all mentor logs and submit more than 75 percent of all instructor evaluations
I also authorize the release of information concerning my acceptance into the STEM Scholarship Program to the media for general distribution.
Student’s signature


STEM Scholars Program– 2016-2017 – Letter of Recommendation
Applicant: please complete the top portion of this form, then give the form to the person writing the letter of recommendation. The letter can be included with your application, or the person writing the recommendation can send the letter directly to: Joy Branlund, Professor of Earth Science, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL
Applicant Name
Applicant Address:




The applicant named above is applying for the STEM Scholars Program at Southwestern Illinois College (please see for more information on the program). If accepted, the applicant will receive a scholarship to pay for all tuition, fees, and a cost of living stipend. In addition, he or she will be a part of a cohort who will benefit from strong faculty and institutional support and exposure to STEM career and transfer opportunities.
Students must demonstrate interest in pursuing a degree and career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field. Please write a letter describing your knowledge of the applicant’s interest and aptitude in
Your name
How do you know the applicant?

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