SLC Scholarship Program

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The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Pitt-Greensburg) has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the retention and graduation rates of students in Biology or Chemistry. Through the S-STEM Scholarship Program, the NSF is strengthening the U.S scientific workforce by supporting academically talented students who would otherwise have difficulties reaching their goals.

The goal of the Science Learning Community (SLC) Scholarship program at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is to attract, recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented, STEM students from rural areas with baccalaureate degrees in biological science or chemistry.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a period of up to four years are available to eligible academically talented students from high schools serving Fayette and Washington Counties and rural areas of Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania.

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This SLC Scholarship program aims to:

1. Increase student satisfaction, increase student retention and improve academic performance utilizing seminar courses, science learning communities, academic orientation, academic advising, graduate exam preparatory courses and tutors to remove academic barriers.
2. Allow SLC Scholars to develop highly valued relationships on campus through faculty and peer mentoring, career development, and a variety of extended learning opportunities.
3. Expand SLC Scholar’s scientific literacy, increase students understanding and ability to communicate understanding, and increase self-efficacy of Scholars through attendance and participation in a monthly journal club.
4. Develop SLC Scholar’s ability to cultivate research project ideas, analyze and interpret results, and effectively communicate research findings while undergraduates through job shadowing, internships and Senior Capstone Research Experience.
5. Increase SLC Scholar’s abilities of time management, decision-making, strategic planning, and problem solving skills through leadership opportunities as peer mentors of underclassmen, teaching assistants, and tutors.
6. To deliver the most appropriate services and interventions to benefit SLC Scholars the project team will implement assessment and evaluation plans that effectively guide the project team and allow for the broader dissemination of the SLC Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the scholarship program, students must:
1. Be enrolled in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry at a higher educational institute and transferring to Pitt-Greensburg for Fall 2018
2. Apply to be a full-time student at Pitt-Greensburg
3. Have completed appropriate pre-requisite college courses in Biology or Chemistry
4. Be U.S. citizens, nationals, aliens admitted as refugees, permanent resident aliens
5. Demonstrate academic potential via a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in college courses up to date
6. Demonstrate financial need as defined by the U.S. Department of Education

Scholarship Activities

• Participate in Science Learning Community
     o Attend an Academic Orientation
     o Enroll in Science Seminar (1 semester)
     o Career Seminar (1 semester)
     o Monthly Journal Clubs (Sophomore-Senior Year)
• Faculty Mentoring
• Developing Leadership Skills
• Capstone Research
• Attending and Presenting at Regional or National conferences

Extension Activities

Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to participate in optional activities to tailor their program experiences to their particular needs and interests. These include, but are not limited to:
• Receiving tutoring services
• Job shadowing/ internships
• Directed independent study
• Becoming a teaching assistant, peer mentor, or tutor
• Becoming involved with professional societies
• Joining student organizations
• Assisting with the quest and Summer Science Math Experience summer camps

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

The NSF scholarship is open to any newly admitted University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg transfer students who have declared a major in biology and chemistry and intend to complete their studies at the Pitt-Greensburg campus. The deadline for new and retention applications is August 1, 2018.

To apply complete the application and submit along with a 400 word essay on why you are interested in pursuing a degree and career in science and at least one recommendation letter.


For Transfer Biological Science and Chemistry Students Only

For Continuing SLC Scholars Only

Submit application materials to:
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Heather Kabala, Director of Admissions
Office of Admissions
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601

For additional information about the SLC Program please contact
Dr. Mark Stauffer, Associate Professor of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Telephone: 724-836-7822

Dr. Olivia Long, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Telephone: 724-836-9891


Partial support for the SLC Scholarship program is being provided by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S STEM) program under Award No. 1458289. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.