College of Science and Engineering

College of Science and Engineering

For more information, contact:

Dr. Latha Ramakrishnan
Administrative Services 121

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ACCESS S-STEM Scholarship

Partner institutions:

Anoka Ramsey Community College

St. Cloud Community & Technical College

Ridgewater College

The Academic Collaboration and Coordination Model to Ensure Student Success in STEM (ACCESS STEM) partnership has earned the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) grant to provide scholarships to students at St. Cloud State and three partnering Minnesota State community colleges.

The ACCESS STEM application deadline has been extended to May 1, 2018
Review the "Application Information" tab below for additional information. 

The five-year $5 million project recruits and supports at least 100 academically high-achieving Pell-eligible students.

  • 40 students will receive a four-year scholarship of up to $9,000 per year while attending St. Cloud State.
  • 60 students will receive a two-year scholarship of up to $7,500 while attending a partner ACCESS community college with the opportunity to receive an additional two-year scholarship of up to $9,000 per year once transferred to St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud State and partnering community colleges work with the ACCESS STEM scholars on career pathways exploration, helping students find internships and jobs within STEM fields.

The institutions also provide academic support services to ACCESS STEM scholars including tutoring and instruction on research methods.



S-STEM scholarship recipients will be selected by St. Cloud State University. In order to be considered, applicants must:

  1. Be citizens of the United States, Nationals of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
  2. Be a new entering first-year student in Fall 2018 and be enrolled full time in a program leading to a STEM degree at the associate or baccalaureate level. Enrollment must be full-time for each semester a student receives a scholarship; Students at the community colleges need to transfer to St. Cloud State to get the last two years of their scholarship.
  1. Demonstrate academic potential or ability; High school GPA above 3.0 and ACT Math score of 22 or above.
  1. Eligibility for a PELL grant as determined by the completion of their FAFSA.

Applicants will need two letters of recommendation from academic professionals, one of which should be a STEM teacher in their high school.

Applicants will need to write a 500 word essay around their career goals.

Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed by the selection committee.

Eligible STEM programs within the following departments:

Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences

  • Hydrology (BS)
  • Meteorology (BS)
  • Earth Science (BA)
  • Environmental Engineering (B.S)


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Concentrations in Biochemistry and in Biotechnology) (BS)
  • Biology (BS)
  • Biomedical Sciences (BS) (excluding pre-professional programs)
  • Ecology and Field Biology (BS)
  • Biology BES

Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Concentrations in Biochemistry and in Biotechnology) (BS)
  • Chemistry (BS) (Concentrations in Biochemistry, Chemical Physics, and Environmental Chemistry)

Computer Science & Information Technology

  • Computer Science (BS)
  • Cybersecurity (BS)
  • Software Engineering (BS)

Electrical & Computing Engineering

  • Computer Engineering (BS)
  • Electrical Engineering (BS)

Environmental & Technological Studies

  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology (BS)
  • Environmental Science (BS)

Mathematics & Statistics

  • Mathematics (BA)
  • Statistics  (BS) (Concentrations in Data Analytics, Data Science, and Mathematical Statistics)

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (BS)

Physics & Astronomy

  • Physics (BS) (Concentrations in Astrophysics, Electro-Optics, Engineering Science, Mathematical Physics, and Professional Physics)

Application information

Scholarship applications are now open!

Apply online

Application instructions

Go to and then click on the Admissions tab at the bottom of the log in window.

  • Click on the “Click here to create your account” link.
  • Complete the Profile Information. Use an email you have easy access to and a password you can remember. Passwords must be between 6 and 12 characters, and may contain numbers or special characters.
  • For help view the instructional video.

Or fill out and print the PDF Application Form.

Applications are due for St. Cloud State scholarships May 1, 2018

Applicants will need the following documents in addition to their high school GPA and relevant test score information:

  • Write an essay describing your academic and career goals. Describe how you intend to accomplish your goal, and describe at least one past experience where you overcame an obstacle to achieve a goal and how that experience will help you accomplish your future goals. Your essay should be roughly 500 words. It should be typed and stored as either a Word Document (.doc or .docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file.
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous teachers or school counselors. One of the letters should be from a science, technology, engineering or math teacher who had you in class.

Before applying for the scholarship you should:

If you are having technical problems or have other questions, contact Dr. Mark Petzold at or (320) 308-4182 (leave a message).

Transfer information

Transfer Guides

Transfer guides are available through the College of Science and Engineering.

More information is also available through Transferology.

St. Cloud State Team Members

  • Dr. Adel Ali
    Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering
    Wick Science Building, 145
    (320) 308-2192
  • Dr. Christopher Kvaal
    Professor of Biology
    Wick Science Building, 310
    (320) 308- 2012

  • Dr. Latha Ramakrishnan
    Professor of Biochemistry
    Interim Associate provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
    Administrative Services, 121
    (320) 308-2126

  • Dr. Mark Petzold
    Associate Professor Electrical Engineering
    Engineering and Computing Center, 206
    (320) 308-4182

  • Dr. Melissa Hanzsek-Brill
    Professor of Mathematics Education
    Engineering and Computing Center, 157
    (320) 308-2282

  • Dr. David Robinson
    Professor of Statistics
    Engineering and Computing Center, 237
    (320) 308-2149

  • Dr. Glenn Davis
    Interim Assistant Provost for University College
    Centennial Hall, 233
    (320) 308-5272

  • Yanal Almanasir, M.S.
    ACCESS STEM Project Coordinator
    Wick Science Building, 142
    (320) 308-2156