STEM Scholars

Coker University’S STEM SCHOLARS IN BIOLOGY (SSB) PROGRAM IS A UNIQUE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY.

High-achieving students who are interested in majoring in biology, and in need of financial assistance to attend college, are welcome to apply!

Coker University is the lead institution on a research project involving five additional colleges, using a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (NSF S-STEM). (You can learn more about the collaborative grant here.) This means that Coker is able to provide approximately 18 first-year students (starting in the fall of 2019) with as much as $10,000 a year in scholarship aid for their four years of college, along with other benefits such as a free laptop computer, mentoring, individualized advising and involvement in research projects.

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*Applications to Coker University and FAFSA are also required.

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The goal of the SSB program is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the workforce or a life science-related graduate program upon graduation from Coker University.

Learn more about Coker University’s biology department here.

For more information about Coker’s SSB program or the NSF S-STEM grant, please contact Dr. Joe Flaherty at jflaherty@coker.edu or 843-383-8079.

To be eligible for the SSB program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Additional information about filling out your FAFSA application available here.)

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, first-year student.

  • Intend to major in Biology.

 
  1. Complete and submit your SSB application, which will include a brief statement (250-300 words) explaining your past experiences/accomplishments in the sciences and your personal interest in becoming a scientist. Click here to fill out the application

  2. Complete your general Coker University application for admission. This includes your official high school transcript (GPA of 3.0 or higher), counselor/teacher recommendations, and your standardized test scores (ACT or SAT).

  3. Submit your financial aid application—Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)––as soon as possible.