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Assistantships & Financial Aid

Finding the funding to pursue your education shouldn’t be stressful. The STEM department is dedicated to helping you achieve success during your graduate time with us. That includes helping you find the funding necessary to pursue education and research full-time. Through the ongoing support of corporations and friends of the College of Education, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to our incoming STEM students, as well as assistantship opportunities.

Recurring Scholarships

Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $5,000 and are only for students who are currently enrolled in or have been admitted to the College of Education by a select date each semester.  Notification about the availability of scholarships and the scholarship application process will also be posted for current/continuing undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Education.

Norman Anderson and J. Conrad Glass, Jr. Graduate Fellowship Awarded annually to two graduate students, one in the Department of STEM Education and one in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, to recruit outstanding graduate students to the respective departments. Selection may require a short essay and/or personal interview from candidates. Award is renewable for up to four years at the discretion of the department and if departmental criteria continues to be met. 

John and Nell Penick Fellowship in Science Education Awarded annually to provide research support to one or more STEM Education students seeking a graduate degree as a science teacher-educator and researcher. Recipients must have a Master’s Degree in science education or a closely related field and have completed at least one-third (approximately 20 semester hours) of the course work for a doctoral degree in science education. This award is not renewable. 

Agnes and Garfield Stiff Scholarship Awarded annually to support graduate education in the STEM Education Department; to provide meaningful support to graduate students with opportunities to effectively interact with other professionals in their fields; to promote and highlight research and scholarship in the department. To be eligible for an award, a graduate student must have a presentation that has been accepted at a non-local, regularly scheduled conference, symposium or workshop sponsored by a national or state professional organization representing the disciplines in the STEM Education Department. This award is not renewable.

Epsilon Pi Tau Robert & Marilyn Wenig Scholarship Awarded annually to one or more Epsilon Pi Tau students who wish to earn a graduate degree in the STEM Education Department and who have demonstrated a genuine passion for servant-first leadership as shown by empowering others to reach beyond self as found through exemplary service to Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau, school extracurricular and community activities and through continued involvement in similar activities during undergraduate and graduate studies. Award is renewable at the discretion of the department and if departmental criteria continues to be met. 


Another valuable form of financial assistance for students in good academic standing is through a graduate assistantship. Typically through part-time employment within the STEM department, students are able to earn a stipend or tuition remission in exchange for assisting a faculty member, the department or the College of Education.