Dear Colleague Letter: S-STEM Scholarships for Students

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The National Science Foundation's Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) invites current ATE program recipients to submit requests for supplemental funding to support scholarships for students eligible under the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM). This initiative aims to address the ongoing high attrition rates among STEM undergraduates in the U.S. by providing financial assistance to academically talented, low-income students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

Supplemental funding requests should focus exclusively on student scholarships and must meet S-STEM eligibility criteria, including U.S. citizenship, enrollment in a STEM program, academic potential, low-income status, and demonstrated financial need.

Detailed instructions for preparing these requests are provided on the NSF website, including requirements for institutional context, potential scholars' demographics, retention and graduation rates, scholarship amount determination, and existing support structures. Funding will not exceed 20% of the original ATE award and must be submitted with prior NSF approval.

For further guidance and to initiate the submission process, contact the designated Program Officers, Celeste Carter or Thomas Kim.

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