Supporting Student Success and Higher Degree Attainment in Engineering

Scholarship-Based, Comprehensive Strategy for Talented Low-Income Students

About The Scholarship

Miami University is proud to offer scholarships in the selected STEM disciplines to students pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s, or graduate degrees. The scholarship can be used to pursue one or more degrees ranging from the associate level through the bachelor’s level to the graduate level. The average scholarship amount is up to $5,000/year for Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and up to $9,000/year for Master’s degrees. Students choosing to pursue the next higher-level degree (Associate → Bachelor’s → Master’s) will be eligible for the continuation of the scholarship.   

Who Can Apply?

  • Entering freshman student seeking Associate Degrees in Computer Information Technology (CIT) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) 
  • Current Miami University or Community College students enrolled in associate degree programs in CIT or MET seeking Bachelor’s Degrees in one of the following areas: Information Technology (IT) or Computer Science (CS)/Software Engineering (SE) or MET or Mechanical Engineering (ME)  
  • Current students enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs in IT, CS, SE, MET or ME who are interested in pursuing Graduate Degrees in Computer Science (MS-CS) and Mechanical Engineering (MS-ME)1

1 Scholarship for this option will start in Fall 2023. Preference will be given to students electing to continue from the Associate’s → Bachelor’s track. 


  • Students must be US citizens or eligible non-citizens as defined on the FAFSA
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need determined by the financial aid office 
  • Major in one of the following degree programs (List of Eligible Majors):
    • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
      • Computer Information Technology (AAS-CIT)
      • Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS-MET)
    • Bachelor’s of Applied Science (BAS)
      • Mechanical Engineering Technology (BAS-MET)
    • Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Information Technology (BS-IT)
    • Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Software Engineering (BS-SE)
    • Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Computer Science (BS-CS)
    • Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering (BS-ME)
    • Master’s of Science (MS) in Computer Science (MS-CS)
    • Master’s of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering (MS-ME)
  • Scholarship can be maintained with a change of major only within the aforementioned list of majors.
  • Completion of the application form (Link to application form) highlighting the following aspects
    • Show academic potential as well as a demonstrated interest in STEM
    • A personal statement highlighting how the S-STEM scholar program will help them in their academic pursuit and their current/future professions.

Application Instructions

  • Completion of the application form (Link to application form)
  • Students applying for BAS or BS degrees: In addition to the application form they need to submit the following to this email address (
    • Two letters of recommendations 
    • Resume 
  • Students applying for MS degrees
    • Complete application for “Graduate degree program”
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose (Personal statement of interest in the program)
    • A resume listing academic and work experience
    • A 2-3 page sample of computer code that you have written (MS-CS)

Scholarship Selection and Renewal Criteria

  • The Scholarship is offered to students based on merit and financial need. 
  • This is a competitive scholarship, so the following factors will be considered: academic record including GPA, applying to the eligible majors, and interest to pursue a subsequent higher degree. A student must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 to be admitted to the graduate programs
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in activities designed to support academic and professional interests (refer to next section for more detail).
  • Scholarships will be renewed annually for students, (i) with good academic standing (2.75 GPA or above for associate and bachelors levels and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for masters level), and, (ii) those participating in the program activities which are highlighted in the next section. 

S-STEM Student Support Services and Programs

All scholarship recipients will receive mentoring, be involved in the creation of an individualized development plan, and be introduced to additional support services through community building, as shown in the schematic below.

Project Team

Dr. Kumar Singh

CEC Director of Research and Graduate Program Professor (MME)
Dr. Rose Marie Ward

Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Robert Davis

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Regional Campus
Associate Professor (STA, MPS)
Dr. Fazeel Khan

Professor (MME)
Dr. Daniela Inclezan

Associate Professor (CSE)
Dr. Marianne Murphy

Professor and Chair (CIT)
Dr. Mert Bal

Chair & Associate Professor (ENT)
Dr. Zhiyuan Yu

Assistant Professor (ENT)