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The Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is accepting applications for the 2016–2017 academic year. The S-STEM Program supports academically talented and highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged families to complete STEM degrees in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, marine science, mathematics, natural science or physics.

Application deadline is March 15, 2016.

The S-STEM Program provides each scholar with a $20,000 scholarship for four years of their undergraduate studies (up to $5,000 per year) while they maintain a good academic standing in their STEM major. The program also integrates and expands existing educational services for STEM students at UH Hilo.

“We are very pleased with the success of our first cohort, accepted in S-STEM in fall 2015,” said Professor Raina “Reni” Ivanova, principal investigator and director of the program.

“Our scholars came from different cultural and academic backgrounds. Along with the kamaʻaina students from the Big Island and Oʻahu, we have scholars who travelled thousands of miles, from places like Montana and Saipan, to join us at UH Hilo. With the S-STEM support, they are able to pursue their dream careers in STEM. We are very proud of their progress,” said Ivanova. “Our S-STEM team and I look forward to welcoming our second cohort in fall 2016.”

For more information about eligibility requirements and an application form, visit the program website, call (808) 932-7587 or

—By Alyson Kakugawa-Leong

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