University Scholars Program


University Scholars in STEM

University Scholars in STEM is an NSF-funded scholarship and academic program for undergraduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. Eligible majors include all engineering disciplines, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science.

The Program provides scholarships ranging from $1500 to $10,000 per student per academic year toward the cost of instruction (tuition, books, room and board). The actual amount awarded is based on financial need using the FAFSA. Scholarships are renewable to cover 3 years of an undergraduate degree, contigent on continued eligibility and NSF funding.

In addition to financial awards, students in the program participate in weekly cohort meetings on a variety of topics including STEM speakers from industry and academia, and academic skill workshops. There are also social activities to strengthen the cohort connection and occasional STEM related field trips.

Students work in groups each year to complete a research poster and develop technical communication skills by presenting the poster at the annual poster conference sponsered jointly by the Choose Ohio First Success in Math programs at Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, University of Akron, and Youngstown State University. Posters from the 2012 Poster Conference can be found here.

To be eligibile to apply for Fall 2013, you must

  • Be a full time student
  • Be enrolled in a STEM major with 2 or 3 years of study remaining (sophomore or junior status)
  • Have a fall semester cummulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in STEM courses
  • Have a valid FAFSA on file

For an application for Fall 2013 click here

To apply, submit a completed application (application form, personal statement, 2 faculty letters of recommendation) to

Jami Derry
Honors Program
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue MC412
Cleveland, OH, 44115-2214

Please direct any questions about admissions to:
Jami R. Derry
Academic Program Specialist
Phone: 216.687.5559
Campus Location: Main Classroom Building, Room 412

Please direct any questions about the program to:
Dr. Leah Gold
Associate Professor
Phone: 216.687.4565
Campus Location: Rhodes Tower 1506

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  • Scholars Program
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 412
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom Building, Room 412
1899 East 22nd Street
Phone: 216.687.5559
Fax: 216.687.5552
Dr. Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Ph.D.
Program Director
Phone: 216.687.5559

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