The National Stem Cell Foundation partners with The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Science and Mathematics and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University (WKU) to fund 10 scholarships each year for middle school science teachers working to transfer a passion for science to students in this age group. Research shows that students who get excited about STEM subjects in middle school are the ones who are most likely to take those courses in high school and major in them at the college level.
National STEM Scholars receive advanced education in the development of STEM projects for classroom implementation, spend a full day with a national thought leader in STEM education and build a national network of colleagues for information sharing.
Scholars are selected based solely on the merit of questions answered in the application. The selection committee is not provided with names or locations of teacher applicants.
Each scholarship recipient receives:
- Advanced education and leadership training May 31-June 6 on the WKU campus. All expenses – travel, lodging and meals – are included.
- A notebook/tablet (Chromebook or similar) to facilitate ongoing collaboration.
- A credit of up to $2,500 for technology and supplies to implement a classroom challenge project.
- Sponsored attendance at the National Science Teacher Association Conference in Chicago in April 2021. All expenses – registration, travel, lodging and meals – are included.
- Year-long mentorship and support provided by WKU faculty.