National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. This type of support:

  • Is a primary driver of the U.S. economy.
  • Enhances the nation's security.
  • Advances knowledge to sustain global leadership.

With an annual budget of $7.5 billion (FY 2017), we are the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

National Science Foundation Illinois, USA
Aug 19, 2018
Scholarship - General
If you plan to major in Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Computer Science at the College of Lake County with the intent to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a bachelor's degree, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship under the NSF Engineering and Computer Science Scholar Program. This program is a new initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Up to 25 students will be admitted into the prestigious program each year as "NSF Scholars," and an additional 20 students will be admitted as "Pre-Engineering/Computer Science Scholars." NSF Scholars will receive scholarships of up to $8,000. Pre-Engineering Scholars will receive $500 scholarships. Other federal financial aid will bring the full amount scholars may receive up to as much as $8,000-$10,000 per year. Aside from the financial award, NSF Scholars will be provided with tutoring and mentoring by CLC math, physics and engineering faculty, advising in engineering curriculum issues, and transfer assistance to the 4-year college or university to which they desire to transfer. The students admitted to the program will work as a cohort that will take classes, socialize, and study together. The program also includes a spring personal development course in which students learn about engineering and computer science as a profession, along with study skills, academic success strategies, and teamwork skills to help them succeed in the rigorous academic climate of engineering and computer science. Eligibility High school seniors and current CLC students are eligible to apply for the program. This program is for students whose degree objective is a Bachelors of Science. To be considered, applicants must: demonstrate financial need, according to federal guidelines ( be U.S. citizens, refugees or permanent residents be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) with a major in engineering, electrical engineering technology, or computer science demonstrate academic potential by qualifying for a mathematics class at the College Algebra level or above. Details on how to meet the academic qualifications are included in the application. Maintaining the Scholarship Once accepted into the program, scholarships are awarded each semester to students who: continue to meet the eligibility requirements above meet Academic Standards for Financial Aid Recipients as defined in the  CLC Catalog attend weekly study sessions with NSF faculty and participate in other required mentoring activities.
National Science Foundation 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, USA
Jun 13, 2018
Scholarship - General
DEADLINE:  March 27, 2019 SYNOPSIS A well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)  [6] ,  [16] .  Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of partners: Partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and local business and industry, if appropriate.  The 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 STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:  Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);  Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);  Mathematical sciences;  Computer and information sciences;  Geosciences;  Engineering; and  Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.) The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges, and urban public and rural institutions.     EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.