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					   Science and Math Teacher Scholarships
                                         DEADLINE: May 3, 2011

                                                       Project:
 S-STEM “Fueling the Workforce with Science and Mathematics Teacher Scholarships”


Objectives: Increase the number of science and math teachers in South Carolina through a scholarship-based
program (S-STEM) that enables academically qualified and financially needy students to complete a two-year
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) certification program. Minorities are encouraged to apply. By increasing
the number and quality of science and mathematics teachers, this scholarship (S) program will increase the
number of students interested in majoring in one of the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Mathematics), thereby meeting the USA’s growing need for a scientifically literate workforce.

Qualified students can be awarded up to $10,000 per year to pursue USC’s interdisciplinary Master of Arts in
Teaching science or mathematics program. Scholarship recipients will enter the program as a cohort in Fall
semester 2010. Besides their regular graduate-level coursework, awardees will participate in a special seminar
program to help build and support their subject matter content knowledge and teaching skills.



Eligibility Requirements:
    o Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
    o Apply to USC’s Graduate School for admission to the interdisciplinary MAT program in either
      Mathematics or in Science [with tracks in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Natural Science (=
      Physics)] http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/ then APPLY to GRAD SCHOOL link
    o Have an undergraduate major or equivalent in mathematics or one of the science tracks listed above (see
      http://www.ed.sc.edu/SA/docs/MATgen.pdf)
    o Graduate Record Examination scores (general test only, no subject tests required)
    o US citizen or permanent resident, will require FBI background check after admission
    o Demonstrate federally-defined financial need*
    o Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
    o Not currently certified or previously certified to teach in any state
    o Admitted to the MAT degree program by the cooperating disciplinary department’s MAT director and
      by the College of Education, based on evaluation of the applicant's total academic profile.

* Federally-defined financial need will be demonstrated through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) and as defined by the US Dept. of Education: the Cost of Attendance (COA) minus the Estimated Family
Contribution (EFC).



Interested Applicants:
Step 1: Apply to The Graduate School for admission to the interdisciplinary MAT program in either
Mathematics or Science (tracks in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Natural Science).
Step 2: Complete and submit the S-STEM Application Form and turn it in to Dr. Christine Lotter in the College
of Education, Wardlaw, Room 216. FAX: (803) 777-3193. Phone: 803-777-6593
Step 3: Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). http://www.sc.edu/financialaid/


Questions?
Contact Dr. Bert Ely ely@sc.edu in the Center for Science Education (803) 777-6920 or
Dr. Oscar Lopez in the College of Arts and Sciences lopez@cas.sc.edu
Dr. Christine Lotter [MAT (Science)] lotter@mailbox.sc.edu
Dr. Ed Dickey [MAT (Mathematics)] edickey@mailbox.sc.edu
Cindy Peachey cpeachey@mailbox.sc.edu in the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships Office




                                                                             University of South Carolina
                                        S-STEM Application Form
                                           Deadline May 3, 2011
Name___________________________________________SSN __________________________

Home Address _________________________________________________________________
City _______________________________ State _____________Zip_____________________

Local Address__________________________________________________________________
City ____________________________ State ________________Zip_____________________

Telephone:_______________________ Alternate number____________________________

E-mail:      _________________________________________________________________

Undergraduate Major_____________________GPA________Minor_______________________

Year earned undergraduate degree (or anticipated) _____________________________________

GRE score: Verbal:____________ Quantitative_______________ Date Taken_____________

Have you completed a FAFSA for 2009-10? Yes __ (date completed = _________ ) No ___
                                                                 dd/mm/yr
Please complete the following:
1) Ethnicity - choose one response: (optional)
       �� Hispanic or Latino
       �� Not Hispanic or Latino

2) Race - choose one or more responses: (optional)
       �� American Indian or Alaska Native
       �� Asian
       �� White
       �� Black or African American
       �� Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
       �� Other _________________________

3) Gender:
      �� Male
      �� Female

4) Disability Status - choose one or more responses:
       �� Hearing Impairment
       �� Visual Impairment
       �� Mobility/Orthopedic Impairment
       �� Learning Disability
       �� None
       �� Other: _________________

5) Veteran Status – specify nature of your service and discharge status

Essay: Briefly address the following and attach it to this application form
(1-2 pages only, double spaced).

Describe why you want to teach science or mathematics, your past experience working with
children (if any), and any other circumstances (financial need, academic achievements, work
experience, etc.) that uniquely qualify you for this scholarship and for teaching children math or
science at the middle or high school level.

NOTE: I certify that the information on this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that if I am
awarded a scholarship, the above information will be released to the National Science Foundation and I hereby authorize
the publication of my award.


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