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WLC Receives Grant for STEM Scholarships

May 9, 2019

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MILWAUKEE, WI - Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) has been awarded a $628,843 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support scholarships for underserved, low-income students interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. 

NSF logoThe five-year grant will provide seven scholarships for each of the next two incoming freshman classes (fall 2019 and fall 2020) for full-time students majoring in one of the four indicated STEM fields: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or marine biology. Scholarships range from $6,000 per year to $10,000 per year if students maintain their GPA and good standing in the program.

“Unfortunately, the cost of college can be prohibitive even if students have performed well in high school,” said Dr. John Werner, associate professor of biology at WLC and director of the college's S-STEM Scholars Program. “We have started a program at WLC to support students interested in STEM careers who are academically qualified but are economically challenged.” 

NSF's S-STEM program seeks: 1) to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and 3) to generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

“The NSF has chosen to fund WLC's S-STEM Scholars Program because they recognize the excellent faculty, facilities, and learning opportunities provided for STEM students at WLC, as well as our proven track-record of preparing the productive scientists required to keep the U.S. competitive in the global marketplace of ideas,” said Werner. “This program not only makes STEM education more affordable, it provides even more opportunities for undergraduate research at WLC.”

The WLC STEM Scholars Program offers more one-on-one research opportunities with faculty and mentorship resources to personalize training for students looking to attend graduate school or enter the growing STEM workforce.

For more information, application criteria, or to apply, please visit WLC's S-STEM Scholars page

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Jennifer Garbo-Shawhan
, WLC Executive Director of Marketing and Communication 

About Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin Lutheran College was established in 1973 and is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience.