Increasing Graduation Rates of Undergraduate Chemistry and Physics Majors by Connecting College to Careers

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The National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program at Georgia College & State University (Georgia College) aims to increase the STEM workforce by recruiting and supporting academically-talented, low-income students majoring in chemistry or physics in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Students who have a demonstrated financial need can receive financial support of up to $8,000 annually for 4 years ($32,000 total) for first-time freshmen.
  • This scholarship can be added to another scholarships & grant funding (such as HOPE and Pell).
  • Students will have the opportunity for involvement in undergraduate research, faculty mentoring, academic and career counseling, internship placement and participation in other program activities designed to facilitate timely graduation and entry into the job market.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Accepted to Georgia College as a full-time freshman majoring in chemistry or physics in the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy (federal funding guidelines require that we exclude pre-health concentrations such as pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-dental and other clinical/medical majors);
  • Demonstrate financial need (Pell Grant eligible) through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application;
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, Permanent Resident, or an Alien admitted as a refugee; and
  • Have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA.


Requirements for continued participation in the program will include:

  • Remain a chemistry or physics major

  • Full-time student status

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  • Satisfactory academic progress towards chosen major

  • Completion of required orientation course

Application Process

  • Complete the online Georgia College S-STEM scholarship application form;
  • Submit a personal statement in PDF format (single-spaced, 12-point font, 1 page maximum) addressing your motivations to pursue a degree in chemistry or physics, and future career goals;
  • Submit a resume of activities, awards, leadership roles, volunteer experience and other accomplishments as a PDF document; and
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation must be from a science or math instructor.

Recommenders should use the button below to access the recommendation portal, which includes an online form and an option to uploaded a letter of recommendation.

Recommendation Portal

Program Contact

Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge
Associate Professor of Physics
NSF_SSTEM@gcsu.edu (Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions)