STEM Scholarship Program

Twice a year, the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter awards multiple scholarships to those who are seeking a bachelor's degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The Chapter STEM initiative is an organizational commitment to preparing the Great lakes region for global competitiveness through a strategy of enhanced science, technology engineering and mathematics education and career development opportunities for Great Lakes’ area students. This strategy is executed in cooperation with the NDIA National STEM initiative for the entire United States.

  1. Must be currently enrolled in college, a high school graduate, or graduation-eligible student currently enrolled in high school with a cumulative GPA between 2.60 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale computed at the end of the latest available reporting period.
  2. Must demonstrate a growing interest in college preparatory studies and have been active within the school and/or local community.
  3. Planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field. Examples of these fields include but are not limited to biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, astronomy, mathematics, geology, engineering, and STEM teacher preparation programs.
  4. Must be an NDIA member or must be a qualified dependent of an NDIA member in good standing.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen and current resident of the mid-west Great Lakes region, including Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
  6. Must not have been a prior recipient of a scholarship award from the Great Lakes Chapter of NDIA.
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            Selection Criteria

            1. NDIA will select scholarship recipients demonstrating pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree and follow-on career in a STEM field.
            2. NDIA will accept nominations from any NDIA member or dependent; however, the Scholarship Committee may give preference to a member of the Great Lakes Chapter.
            3. The award decisions of the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Scholarship Committee are final.
            4. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, demonstrated commitment to a STEM field of study, academic/community achievement, motivation, and a letter of reference.
                      Deadline and Submission
                      Candidates must submit the following to be considered:

                      1. Completed Scholarship Application Form; click the link below to download the form.
                      2. Most recent high school transcript (and college if applicable).
                      3. Letter of reference (mailed separately by reference)

                      All required documents for a Spring Semester start must be received by the NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Scholarship Committee not later than November 30; applications for a Fall Semester start must be received not later than June 30.

                      Recipients for the Spring Semester will be notified in January; recipients for the Fall Semester will be notified in August.

                      All required documents must be sent to the contact listed below:

                      NDIA Great Lakes Chapter Scholarship Committee
                      303 N. Main Street, Suite 801
                      Rockford, IL 61101