IMPACT STEM Scholarship

The goal of Rhodes College IMPACT Scholars Program is to increase and diversify the number of talented STEM majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the STEM workforce or a STEM-related graduate program upon graduation. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Rhodes IMPACT Scholars will consist of a select cohort of first-year students who intend to major in one of the following STEM disciplines: biochemistry, biology, biomathematics, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. 

What benefits will I receive as an IMPACT STEM Scholar?

  • A scholarship of $5,500 per year
  • Your documented need (as determined by the FAFSA) met through institutional, state, and/or federal funding, which may include subsidized loans and student employment.
  • Opportunity to attend regular social gatherings with STEM faculty and professionals and receive one-on-one faculty advising and mentoring by a member of the STEM faculty.
  • Enrollment in an exclusive STEM focused First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
  • Enrollment in an exclusive innovative computational thinking course that builds computational skills useful for a 21st century STEM career.
  • Invitation to bimonthly luncheons with STEM faculty as well as a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
  • Engagement in various STEM opportunities, including computationally focused faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, tutoring, and preferential residence at Rhodes College, as well as work-related internship opportunities with institutional industry partners.

How do I qualify?

Requirements for the IMPACT STEM Scholarship:

  • Application for admission to Rhodes submitted by January 15
  • IMPACT STEM Scholar Application due by priority deadline of January 1 at 5:00 p.m.
  • A letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher in high school (may include the letter of recommendation already submitted as part of your Common Application)
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) submitted by January 1
  • SAT or ACT scores that are competitive for admission (submission of test scores is optional)
  • A high school record that is competitive for admission
  • Intent to major in one of the following: biochemistry, biology, biomathematics, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics
  • Students with an average Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000 or less as determined by the FAFSA are encouraged to apply, although students with higher EFC often qualify based on the characteristics of other applicants. 

*IMPACT STEM Scholar applications may still be submitted after the deadline; however, full consideration is guaranteed to those applications received by the January 1st deadline. 

How do I apply?

IMPACT STEM Scholar Application

Use your Rhodes College application portal email address and password to access the IMPACT STEM application.