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The National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarship for Engineering

NOVA CORE will provide full-tuition scholarships for up to two years for up to 40 students annually over the next five years. This significant opportunity is especially geared toward under-represented students in the engineering field - minorities, women, first-generation college students, and veterans. These grant-funded scholarships will allow participants to focus on their studies full time while developing the valuable skills needed to successfully complete their degrees at NOVA and transfer to four-year institutions.

NOVA CORE Interest Form

CORE Scholars must

  • Be enrolled full-time in a program leading to an associates or baccalaureate degree in Engineering.
  • Participate in Exploration and Service Bridges.
  • Attend 90% of Workshop and Exploration activities each year.
  • Complete either SDV 100 or SDV 101.
  • Participate in a service-learning assignment in their second cohort year.
  • Present at the Experiential Learning Conference.
  • Produce a YouTube video about their college experience.


  • The scholarship amount of $6,000 per year covers full tuition and fees ($5,190 per year of in-state tuition level) plus associated costs (books, transportation, etc.).

Eligibility Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application form - available soon
  • Recommendation letter
  • Essay: A reflection on the achievement gap problem and a plan to help fellow students who are at a high risk of not completing a college degree in STEM.

When to Start

  • Fall Semester Start - Students who have just graduated high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and are ready for STEM-based Calculus.
  • Spring Semester Start - NOVA Engineering majors in their first year of study and who have a college GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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