About the Scholarship
With a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bellarmine University is creating an academic and need-based award to recruit high-achieving students from traditionally under-represented backgrounds into the STEM disciplines of computer engineering, computer science, mathematics and data science.
The STEM Career Pathways Scholarship program will award annual scholarships of $7,200 each to two groups of 11 academically talented students who qualify for four years—one beginning in Fall 2021 and the second in Fall 2022. When combined with other financial-aid sources, Bellarmine expects the scholarship will cover nearly all direct tuition costs for most of the 22 recipients.
About the Program
The program will provide career-related experiential learning, through internships or research with industry partners in the community, and help all scholars attain STEM employment or enter a graduate program within six months of graduation.
Career Pathways will also contribute to the local, regional and national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians.
Bellarmine will work with the Jefferson County Public Schools’ career and technical academies to recruit students. A STEM (Tech/Analytics) Employer Advisory Board will facilitate new partnerships between students and regional employers and will keep faculty members apprised of the skills in greatest demand in STEM industries.
The eight community partners that have formally agreed to collaborate with Bellarmine on the Career Pathways program so far are:
- Appriss Inc.
- El Toro
- Masonic Home Kentucky
- GE Appliances
- The Microsoft Future of Work Initiative
Student Selection Criteria
The selection process for scholarship recipients will include indicators of academic merit and other indicators of likely professional success. For incoming freshmen, Bellarmine’s additional S-STEM selection criteria are:
- high school GPA of 3.0 (on 4.0 scale);
- demonstrated success (average grade of B or higher) in high school science and math courses as shown on their high school transcript;
- demonstrated financial need per a completed FAFSA; and
- meeting all of Bellarmine’s admissions standards.