National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarships for USCB Computational Science Students

NSF-CSci S-STEM Scholarship

The S-STEM Scholarship is provided to talented, full-time Computational Science students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

High school seniors, new transfer students, and current USCB students may apply. Applicants must be a student in Computational Science. Applicants must also demonstrate academic talent and financial need. In addition, they must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees.

The scholarship is annually renewable for up to five years and provides individual scholarship of up to $5,000.00 per academic year. The actual amount awarded will be based on demonstrated need and the available funds. Each scholarship recipient will be assigned an academic advisor and will receive valuable academic support services including learning assistance, tutoring, peering mentoring, seminars, research, career support, and other counseling services.

Students who make sufficient academic progress may transfer from this S-STEM scholarship program to the South Carolina Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) scholarship program, which offers up to $7,500.00 per year when combined with the LIFE Enhancements funds.

For additional information, please see the official news release (link will open in a new tab).

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for the S-STEM scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrollment as a full-time student in the USCB Computational Science program 
  2. Demonstration of financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) NOTE: "Financial need" is defined for undergraduate students by the US Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid as indicated in the FAFSA instructions.
  3. Be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence; 
  4. Meet the necessary academic qualifications, specified as follows for each type of applicant:
  • For current high school seniors or recent high school graduates (with less than 5 years off from school):
    • { Minimum core GPA of 3.0 } OR { Combined SAT reading & math score of 950 (or ACT equivalent) }
  • For transfer students from other two-year or four-year institutions, students with other higher education, or current USCB students:
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Minimum of 12 credit hours earned within last 3 years
  • For non-traditional students, including students with disabilities, military students, part-time students with less than 12 credit hours within last 3 years, or high school graduates with more than 5 years since graduation:
    • Letters of recommendation provided from disability services, military officers, other institutions, or former employers.

Scholarship Requirements

  1. New students must complete USCB placement exams and be placed into college level Math and English classes without need of remedial coursework. 
  2. Maintain full-time status, i.e., minimum 12 credit hours per semester, during both fall and spring semesters. 
  3. Demonstrate academic ability and professionalism. Each candidate will be evaluated and interviewed before the scholarship can be awarded. 
  4. Work closely with academic advisors and enroll in Computational Science classes that are designed by the program. 
  5. Participate in all required activities, including bi-weekly or monthly meetings with faculty mentor, seminars, or other academic support services.

Requirements for Scholarship Continuation / Re-Application

  1. To continue the scholarship, scholarship recipients must either maintain high academic standards (semester GPA 3.0 and above) or make significant progress during the first two years of study, and at the same time, s/he must also maintain the same financial status.
    NOTE: "Significant progress" is defined as being ranked among the top 5% of students in each class, regardless of grade, or a strong recommendation by the course professor. Scholarship recipients will lose the scholarship at the 3rd year of study if his/her GPA is below 3.0. 
  2. Students who lose the scholarship may reapply for the scholarship, but s/he must demonstrate financial need, full-time status, and a current GPA of 3.0 or above at the time of reapplication.

Application Procedures

Selection of recipients for this Computational Science Scholarships will be determined by the USCB Office of Financial Aid and Computational Science program faculty.

  1. New students to USCB (including new high school graduates and transfer students) may submit their applications when they apply to USCB. Scholarship decision will be available with university admission letter. 
  2. In order to be considered for the scholarship for the forthcoming Fall semester, the online application must be COMPLETED and SUBMITTED on or before July 15, . Applications submitted after that date will not be considered for the award cycle. 
  3. Each candidate will be evaluated and interviewed. Qualified scholarship recipients will be those who meet the minimal requirements described above and who score highest in the system. 
  4. The number of awardees will be determined based on available funds.
Are you qualified? Apply online now!

For more information please contact:

USCB Office of Admissions
One University Blvd. 
Bluffton, SC 29909 
(843) 208-8118, please cc Dr. Yimign Ji at