Grant funds to be awarded as scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015.


Elms College Opens New Pathways for Science and Technology Careers Through $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant

Grant funds to be awarded as scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015 

Elms College will award more than half a million dollars in scholarships through its new Elm STEMs program to students who want to pursue careers in science, technology, and mathematics funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The main objective of the grant from the NSF’s S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program is to increase enrollment of students interested in the life sciences, natural sciences, and computer information technology (CIT).

Elms College Elm STEMs is a comprehensive program that provides tuition scholarships, career guidance, tutoring, peer mentoring, and service-learning activities centered on science, technology, and mathematics. Over the multi-year grant period, Elms will enroll 21 STEM students interested in pursuing careers in these areas and will award them scholarships of between $3,800 and $10,000 a year, provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements.

A key aspect of the program is improving the success of first-generation and minority students in challenging STEM fields, and also providing STEM students with opportunities to participate in research or an industry internship.

“Elms provides an excellent science education, coupled with supports that help women, minority, and first-generation students succeed,” said Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., president of Elms College. “This grant will allow the college to expand its science and technology enrollments within this supportive student learning environment.”

First-year transfer students applying for an Elm STEMs scholarship must meet academic and financial criteria and submit an essay describing their interest in a STEM career along with the required application, and become enrolled full-time in one of the college’s STEM academic degree track. Details and application can be found at Recruitment of STEM students will also receive a boost from the college’s newly opened Center for Natural and Health Sciences, a 22,000-square-foot facility containing state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for studies in microbiology; genetics; molecular, environmental, developmental, and general biology; and organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. The Center also has new computer information and technology workstation labs and additional dedicated faculty-student research space.

“We're thrilled to receive this award, and that it will help Elms College strengthen its ties with regional technology industries, promote awareness among potential and current students of the breadth of career opportunities available in STEM, and provide students with the opportunity to participate in a research or industry internship experience,” said Nina Theis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and principal investigator on the project.

Beryl Hoffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer information technology, is the co-principal investigator on the project.

Elms College is a co-educational, catholic college founded In 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive, to civil and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

Details and application can be found at