The “Diversifying STEM in Ohio”
Central State University (CSU), the only publicly funded Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Ohio, in collaboration with Area Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Universities throughout Ohio and Private Industry have been funded by the Ohio Board of Regents to implement “Diversifying Ohio in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (DO-STEM) to provide scholarships under a five-year program that will stimulate and diversify STEM postsecondary education in Ohio. The DO-STEM team has 823 scholarships, averaging $3,735 each, for a total amount of $3,073,948 to provide merit based scholarships in order to attract the best and brightest students to our campus creates adverse financial circumstances that larger universities do not have.
Focused recruiting and retention of 15 incoming freshmen for Fall 2009 and Fall 2010 high achieving students from high schools who will major in mathematics, computer science, and mathematics education. Each student will receive the full $4,700 scholarship which, when combined with local CSU matching funds, will cover the full tuition, room and board, and other specified fees for four years at CSU. In addition, holders of these scholarships will have priority access to special academic enhancement services and activities available through other university programs. Eligibility criteria include 1) overall high school GPA of 3.5 or better and 2) a composite ACT test score of 21 or better and a score of 19 or better on the mathematics section. The primary criteria for continued participation are maintaining a composite GPA of at least 3.5 and continued progress toward graduation on a four-year time scale.
General recruiting and retention of 125 students from high schools and community colleges majoring in all STEM and STEM education areas with partial scholarships averaging $3,500 each. Freshmen students must have at least a high school GPA of 2.8, cumulative ACT scores of 18 and declared a major in one of the STEM majors. These scholarships will be renewable for the sophomore through senior year if the student takes coursework in their major and maintains a minimum overall GPA of 2.8. Sophomore through senior and transfer students may apply for an annual scholarship of up to $3,500 on a competitive basis based on a minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and having taken coursework in their declared STEM major.
Qualified community college students who commit to continue their postsecondary education at CSU will receive scholarships to assist them in completing their associate degree programs. As long they continue to meet the DO-STEM academic criteria, these students will be continued as DO-STEM Partial Scholars at CSU.
Pipelining of 22 students from CSU to graduate and professional schools at our partner institutions. The program will provide a fellowship in the amount of $4,700 per year for two years to partially defray the cost of graduate school enrollment for selected DO-STEM students who are accepted into graduate programs at our partnering Ohio universities.