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Science and Math Scholarship

The Science and Math Scholarship

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Science and Math Scholarship offers support to students studying in the sciences and mathematics.

Science and Math Scholarship

The Science and Math Scholarship (SAMS) program at the University of Evansville is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This program will provide financial, academic, and professional support for students majoring in the sciences and mathematics.

Financial support

Scholarships will be awarded to incoming students on the basis of financial need and academic potential. These scholarships will be awarded in addition to other need-based or merit awards. Up to $4,000 may be awarded; the exact amount of the award depends on the student’s financial need (as determined by the FAFSA). In many cases, receiving a SAMS award will reduce the loan and work-study part of a student’s financial aid package. Scholarships will be renewed for up to four years for recipients who continue to demonstrate financial need and maintain good academic progress in a science or math major.

Academic support

The SAMS program contains several support services to help ease the transition from high school to college. These include:

  • Freshman Edge: an eight-day intensive summer program that prepares scholarship recipients for residential college life and a rigorous academic curriculum. The program gives students an early experience of college life and allows them to earn three hours of course credit in the interdisciplinary course, Science and Math in Real Life. This course introduces students to important skills in science and mathematics through hands-on laboratories, discussions and critical thinking activities.
  • Success in Science and Math: a one-credit-hour course offered in the first semester that discusses topics such as study skills and time management.
  • Students in Math and Science (SIMS) floor: a co-educational living community for science and math students. Scholarship recipients will be given first priority for spaces on this floor.

Professional support

A monthly career colloquium will introduce students to the range of career opportunities available for math and science majors and also provide guidance on topics such as resume writing and job interviews. Scholarship recipients may also apply for funding for summer research or travel to research conferences.

Criteria for scholar selection

To be considered for a SAMS award, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Apply and be admitted to the University of Evansville.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 (on a 4 point scale) and/or a minimum SAT (math + critical reading) score of 1180 and/or a minimum ACT score of 26.
  • Demonstrate financial need, as defined by the US Department of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid.
  • Apply for the award by submitting an essay in pdf format to The essay should be one to two pages long, and describe your reasons for pursuing a degree in science or mathematics, your educational and professional goals, and how your previous experiences have prepared you for your intended major and goals. The essay should include a cover page with your name and address.
  • Interview with a faculty member from the SAMS selection committee, either in person during a scheduled campus visit, or on the phone/via Skype.
  • Major in one of the following:

For full consideration, you should apply for the scholarship by December 15, 2014, and file the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2015.

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