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Fall 2020 Selection Process for the National Science Foundation Iona DESIRE Scholars

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applicant is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, national or refugee.
  • Applicant expresses interest in and intent to study Chemistry or Computer Science

Minimum Academic Criteria:

  • Minimum high school math and science grade point average of 88 (B+)
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1200 (Math/ERWS) or ACT score of 25

Minimum Financial Need Criteria:

Fall 2020 NSF Iona DESIRE Scholars Application Process and Timeline

All Iona DESIRE Scholars Program applicants must complete Iona College’s standard admissions process along with the following:

  • NSF Iona DESIRE Scholars Essay: Write an essay (750-1,000 words) that describes your desire to study biochemistry, chemistry or computer science, and pursue a career in a STEM field.
  • Letter of Recommendation: Written by a teacher who should describe your academic potential in biochemistry, chemistry or computer science and any personal qualities that contribute to your academic success.
  • FAFSA: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by the stated deadline


  • April 1, 2020: Complete your Iona DESIRE Scholars application material.
*All NSF Iona DESIRE Scholars Program required application materials must be submitted separately from the Iona College general admission requirements.

Please submit all NSF Iona DESIRE Scholars application materials to Raymond Garo at with "NSF Iona DESIRE Scholars Program Materials" in the subject line.


Contact Raymond Garo at or (914) 633-2064 or Dr. Sunghee Lee, Board of Trustees Endowed Professor at