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NSF S-STEM: Iona Development of Excellence in Science through Intervention, Resilience, and Enrichment (DESIRE) Program Scholarships for High School Students Planning to Study Biochemistry, Chemistry or Computer Science

Through the NSF S-STEM Iona DESIRE program, Iona College is offering scholarships to high school students who are planning to complete a major in biochemistry, chemistry or computer science. High school students demonstrating financial need under the Federal Pell Grant program and admitted to Iona are eligible for support in the amount of $6,000 per academic year. The DESIRE Scholarship is in addition to other merit-based and need-based Iona funds, for which the recipients may be eligible. Recipients will also be eligible for special mentoring programs and paid summer research programs ($2,500 each summer for post-freshman and post-sophomore year).

Scholarships are renewable for four years as long as academic excellence and program participation requirements are met.

The Iona College DESIRE program supports economically disadvantaged students with high academic aptitude, for scholarships in biochemistry, chemistry or computer science. The scholars will be exposed to high-impact educational practices that increase student retention, and will benefit from the various resources at Iona dedicated to intervention, resilience and enrichment: tailored core courses, an interdisciplinary academic learning community, a science living and learning community floor, undergraduate research, and experiential and service learning. For professional development, the scholars will be offered industrial internships and professional mentors through Careers in Science seminars and established science alumni network.

Iona DESIRE Scholars Selection Process and Criteria
Students applying for Iona DESIRE Scholars must:
  • be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees.
  • be enrolled full-time in the Chemistry or Computer Science program.
  • demonstrate scholarly promise with a minimum high school math and science grade point average of 88 (B+) and minimum combined SAT score of 1200 (Math/ERWS) or ACT score of 25.
  • submit an essay demonstrating their desire to study chemistry or computer science, and pursue a career in a STEM field.
  • demonstrate academic potential as evidenced in one or more letters of recommendation from a teacher who should describe your academic potential in chemistry or computer science and any personal qualities that contribute to your academic success.
  • demonstrate financial need and establish Federal Pell Grant eligibility as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services at Iona College.
  • file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the stated deadline.
Scholarship Renewal Criteria
Scholarships of continuing Iona DESIRE scholars will be eligible for renewal each year provided that the scholars:
  • maintain financial eligibility and full-time student status in biochemistry, chemistry or computer science
  • have a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0
  • participate in DESIRE Scholar cohort activities
  • file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually by the stated deadline
The determination of continuing eligibility will be made each year at the conclusion of the spring semester. Awards will be made beginning in the fall semester each year.

The Iona S-STEM Scholarship program is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF-SSTEM Award No. 1643737.