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National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship Program

What is the National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship (NSF S-STEM) Program?

This prestigious national scholarship program is funded by a National Science Foundation award to Chaminade University, recognizing our exceptional ability to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders for Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. We seek students who:

  • Are passionate about science, technology and seeking solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges, and have the academic ability to succeed.
  • Are planning careers in science and technology, from lab research to policymaking, from the environment to cyberspace.
  • Are attracted to our Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ cutting-edge majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV).
  • Are motivated to explore a science education enriched by Hawaiian and Pacific culture and knowledge.

Being a National Science Foundation STEM Undergraduate Scholar at Chaminade is an opportunity that will launch you to great heights in your future career. In addition to tuition support, this program is enriched with real-world research and internship experiences, and opportunities to grow your skills in science communication, outreach and policy. The Chaminade science curriculum provides an excellent and rigorous preparation for graduate school,  science entrepreneurship, jobs in industry and agency/non-profit careers. It is also grounded in culture, place and Hawaiian approaches to knowledge and inquiry.

The Chaminade NSF S-STEM program will allow you to explore your own expectations and aspirations for the future, and engage with the development of science and technology-enabled solutions to the pressing problems of Hawai‘i and the Pacific region.


What benefits does the S-STEM Scholarship Program provide?

  • A $10,000 annual merit scholarship. Recipients may also be eligible for federal or institutional financial aid.
  • Academic support services to promote on-time graduation (including professional tutoring and specially trained Academic Navigator faculty advisors)
  • Participation in Chaminade’s four-year graduation guarantee
  • Access to post-graduate career paths via Chaminade’s suite of articulation agreements with medical and graduate schools
  • Paid internships for professional development
  • Financial support for career development activities such as  GRE preparation
  • Excellent curriculum that provides a STEM education, contextualized around Hawaiian and Pacific Island heritage and our sense of place and values


What is an eligible program of study?

Bachelors of Science degrees (BS) in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV).


Eligibility Requirements

  • Admission as an admitted first-year student
  • Pursue a degree in one of the qualifying programs of study


Minimum Academic Requirements

  • For admitted first-year students pursuing majors in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV).
  • 3.0 Cumulative High School GPA
  • SAT score of 1000 or ACT composite score of 19


Maintaining Scholarship Eligibility

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to be considered for Federal or Institutional need-based aid. Visit ( for assistance.
  • Fully participate and abide by all of the Terms and Conditions provided upon receipt of the scholarship award.


How to Apply

Submit an application for admission ( indicating a major in Bachelors of Science degrees (BS) in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization (DSAV).

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year to be considered for need-based financial assistance (

Submit the scholarship application and supporting documents including contact information for two references (name, email, phone number, and academic position) and an academic resume detailing extra-curricular activities and internships.

Submit a 500 word (minimum, no maximum) personal statement that addresses the following questions: 

  • How have you prepared both academically and in extracurricular activities for college and your intended major?
  • What are your career plans for graduate school and beyond?
  • Which of the NSF 10 big ideas excite you the most and why?
  • How do you think Hawaiian and Pacific island values, traditional knowledge and sense of place can enrich science education? How do you see your scientific career contributing to the contemporary issues facing Hawai‘i and the Pacific region (such as climate change, social inequity, economic development)?

Award Amount

$10,000 annual merit scholarship

Scholarship Application Form and Deadline

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who file the scholarship application and submit the required supporting documents by March 15, 2019

Applicants not applying by the March 15 priority date must complete the application process by April 1, 2019 to be considered for the scholarship.

Applicants will be officially notified in writing prior to May 1, 2019 if they are selected for the scholarship.

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Office of Admissions
3140 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816


(808) 739-8340