Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the NexSTEM Program awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships to talented Heartland Community College, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University applicants with significant financial need and pairs this financial support with mentoring and academic supports through graduation.

NexSTEM Scholarships + Community

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the NexSTEM Program provides scholarships and academic supports to academically successful, low income students from McLean County and the greater Illinois region who are pursuing STEM degrees at Heartland Community College (HCC), Illinois State University (ISU), or Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU). Successful applicants are awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, with the exact amount determined by the student's financial need and the college's cost of attendance. Scholarship recipients who begin their college education at HCC and then transfer to ISU or IWU will have their scholarship transfer with them when they pursue an eligible major. In addition to receiving financial support, scholarship recipients are a part of a mentoring network and benefit from academic supports and a caring community.

Why should YOU apply for the NexSTEM Program? NexSTEM Scholar and IWU biochemistry major, Shivam Patel, has some ideas.