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S-STEM Scholarships


UST has been awarded an S-STEM grant by the National Science Foundation. The federal grant provides scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Scholarship applicants should be majoring in a STEM discipline* and demonstrate financial need. The following are STEM subjects offered at UST: 

*Students interested in any pre-health fields (including pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy and pre-veterinary) are not eligible for this scholarship.

Approximately 25 scholarships with an average award amount of $4,000 each year over the five-year funding period will be given to academically talented students demonstrating financial need. This award will not impact previously awarded scholarships but may alter the qualifying amount for student loans.

Scholarship recipients will be evaluated each semester for eligibility. All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and remain a STEM major or be enrolled in required STEM courses. Any change in GPA or major status will result in the loss of the STEM scholarship.

We encourage women, underrepresented populations and students with disabilities to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. If you have questions about eligibility as a non-citizen, please email the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid or call 713-525-2170.

S-STEM Scholarship Selection Criteria

Graduating High School Seniors & First-time in College Freshmen

  • High school GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Documented financial need.
  • Completion of all high school science classes with a grade of C or better.
  • Demonstrated math skills necessary to succeed in first-year STEM courses (SAT/ACT scores) or completion of the STEM summer institute.
  • Flexible criteria (professionalism, maturity, motivation, ability to manage time and communication skills) will be considered.

Transfer Students to UST

  • Must have completed between 12 and 60 transferable hours at a two- or four-year regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. 
  • Documented financial need. 
  • Must have completed all attempted STEM courses with a grade of C or higher. 
  • Must declare a STEM major. 
  • Flexible criteria (professionalism, maturity, motivation, ability to manage time and communication skills) will be considered.

How to Apply for an S-STEM Scholarship

  • Download and Complete S-STEM Scholarship Application.
  • Have two letters of recommendation from instructors sent to At least one letter must be from a science or mathematics instructor. 
  • Provide a personal statement that includes your career goals, education plan and the reason you are majoring in a STEM discipline (maximum length is 400 words). 
  • Complete the FAFSA form.

All application materials due by June 1.

Please contact Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz, Co-Program Director at with any questions.

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