Frequently Asked Questions

Please read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) carefully before applying for the CEE (Civil and Environmental Engineering) STEM Scholars program! Good luck!

Mizzou CEE STEM Scholars Program (valid for both Undergraduate and Masters Scholarships)

What is the Mizzou CEE STEM Scholars Program?

  • Mizzou CEE STEM is a scholarship program at Mizzou for incoming freshman undergraduates as well as for incoming Masters applicants to the CEE STEM Scholars Program. The scholarship program is funded through a 5-year grant by the S-STEM Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF S-STEM program supports the National Science Foundation’s strategic goal to help create a diverse, competitive, and globally engaged U.S. workforce of scientists, engineers, technologists, and well-prepared citizens.

 

What are the objectives of the Mizzou CEE STEM Scholars Program?

  • The objectives of the CEE STEM Scholars Program are to (i) Increase the number of academically talented students from low-income backgrounds with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in civil engineering and entering the workforce/graduate programs in STEM fields. The recruitment effort will focus on first-time-college, underrepresented minorities, and female students so that a more diverse cohort group is given the opportunity to enter and successfully graduate with an ABET-accredited civil engineering degree. (ii) Provide early intervention and comprehensive support in the Gateway 8 courses for our undergraduate Scholars. (iii) Assign our Masters Scholars to faculty advisors and provide additional mentorship as needed for their success in their academic and professional STEM careers, and (iv) Generate knowledge to advance the understanding of how factors and evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of academically talented students from low-income backgrounds. (v) Mentor qualified undergraduate scholars to matriculate into MU’s graduate civil engineering program.

How can I apply for the CEE STEM Scholarships?

  • Apply online for the scholarships at: https://engineering.missouri.edu/academics/civil/cee-stem-scholars/stem-students/ . Before you complete your application for the CEE STEM Scholars Program, please complete the application for admission to Mizzou. You cannot be considered for the CEE STEM Scholarship unless you have been accepted for admission to the CEE Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Undeclared engineering and pre-engineering students are also eligible for CEE STEM Scholarships provided they academically qualify to enter the Mizzou Engineering program. Scholarship award amounts and related details are included in the Undergraduate and Masters’ sections of this FAQ. Applications should be submitted on or before March 31, 2021. Please also review the specific eligibility criteria for Undergraduate and Masters CEE STEM Scholars in the following sections of this FAQ.

Are international students eligible for the CEE STEM Scholar’s Program?

  • No. International students are not eligible to receive the CEE STEM Scholarships.

If I get into the program and then change my major what will happen to my scholarship?

  • Scholarships are exclusively for CEE students admitted to the Bachelors or the Masters programs. You will no longer be eligible for the scholarship if you change your major.

When will applicants to the CEE STEM Scholarship Program be notified of the award?

  • We will notify applicants selected to receive the CEE STEM Scholarship awards during the third week of April each year.

Mizzou Undergraduate CEE STEM Scholars Program

What are the eligibility requirements for the Undergraduate CEE STEM Scholarships?

  • Scholars must be US citizens, permanent residents, US nationals, or admitted refugees pursuing the CEE Bachelors degree program.
  • Scholars must have demonstrated financial need as identified by Mizzou Office of Financial Aid.
  • Scholars must show evidence of academic potential based on their performance in high school (e.g., 3.0 high school GPA, ACT score of 26 or higher). Selections will be based on academic merit
  • Scholars must be admitted as a full-time freshman to the CEE Department. In addition to students directly admitted to the CEE Bachelors degree program, students admitted as Undeclared Engineering Freshman and Pre-engineering Freshman are also eligible, provided they qualify for entry to and commit to the CEE Department.

What does it mean “to have demonstrated financial need”?

  • To meet these criteria a student must demonstrate Pell eligibility. You will need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as part of your application process to Mizzou. The Financial Aid Office will be able to address any questions you may have in this regard.

Is there a necessary SAT/ACT score to be eligible for the program?

  • No, but this score may be one of the criteria used to determine your academic potential.

What criteria are important in the selection process?

  • Applicants to the CEE STEM Scholars Program should have fully completed applications submitted by the March 31 deadline. They should have previously also applied for admission to Mizzou. Reviewers for the CEE STEM Scholars Program will focus on academic potential of the applicant based on the academic transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, the two required essays, and the other significant accomplishments listed in the application/resume. A well-rounded resume that includes details of participation in community service and athletics in addition to academic accomplishments would serve the applicant well. For the Fall 2021 entry we are not requiring any letters of recommendation.

What are the benefits of the Undergraduate CEE STEM Scholars Program?

  • Freshman applicants selected for the CEE STEM Scholars Program will be awarded a scholarship of $8,500 for the first year. The scholarship will be renewed at $9,000 for the sophomore year subject to satisfactory performance in the program. CEE STEM Scholarships will be paid in two installments each year. This scholarship will be in addition to other financial aid provided by the University of Missouri Financial Aid Office.
  • CEE STEM Scholar applicants who are Missouri residents may be eligible for tuition aid, if they qualify. Please see the Missouri Land Grant award details. CEE STEM Scholar applicants from states bordering Missouri may check if they are eligible for Border State Scholars
  • Scholarship recipients will additionally receive early intervention, if needed, and comprehensive personalized academic support in eight foundational courses (termed Gateway 8) including calculus, basic sciences, and engineering analysis during their freshman and sophomore years.
  • Work force training opportunities with industry and government partners will be provided to CEE STEM Scholars during their Bachelors program at Mizzou. These opportunities include job shadowing, internship and summer work and research opportunities to provide positive role models, increase personal engagement and nurture self-confidence in CEE STEM Scholars.
  • CEE STEM Scholars will also have the chance to explore various career options, interact with experienced professionals in STEM fields, travel to professional STEM-related research conferences and participate in a paid undergraduate research opportunity with faculty mentors.
  • CEE STEM Scholar Program advising team will help undergraduate scholars in locating internship, summer employment and research experience opportunities during their junior and senior years.

If I already receive other forms of financial aid, how will getting the CEE STEM Scholarship affect my awards?

  • The CEE STEM Scholarship can be added to the other scholarships and/or grant funding such as Pell. A student’s financial aid may not exceed the cost of attendance for the assigned academic year.

What are the requirements if I get awarded the CEE STEM Scholarship?

  • The Scholar will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while attending Mizzou CEE academic programs.
  • The Scholar will also be required to attend and participate in events that assist in furthering their academic and professional achievement as a part of the CEE STEM Scholars cohort class.
  • The Scholar will need to participate in internal and external evaluation surveys required by the NSF which are conducted to generate knowledge on the efficacies of methods to support the success of the CEE STEM Scholars cohort class. These surveys are designed to understand scholar experiences in the program. This research will follow all ethical guidelines as outlined in the Institutional Research Board (IRB) Policy of Mizzou and is intended to share the knowledge generated with other STEM institutions.
  • Scholars will be encouraged to participate in community service projects so that they recognize the positive transformation that this experiential learning brings to their professional and personal lives.
  • The Scholar will be required to complete a FAFSA each year by January 1, along with completion of matching questions and Mizzou scholarship applications in the Scholarship Universe portal.

Will having a job or planning to keep a job affect my chance of being awarded an S-STEM scholarship?

  • No, but this scholarship is intended to help you work less so that you can study more. We strongly recommend you reduce your work hours as much as possible, if awarded this scholarship.

Mizzou Masters CEE STEM Scholarships

What are the eligibility requirements for the Masters CEE STEM Scholarships?

  • Scholars must be US citizens, permanent residents, US nationals, or admitted refugees pursuing CEE degree program.
  • Scholars must have demonstrated financial need as identified by Mizzou Office of Financial Aid. Often this is same as the eligibility for federal Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowships.
  • Scholars must show evidence of academic potential based on their performance in their Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. Selections will be based on academic merit
  • Scholars must be admitted as full-time graduate students to the CEE Department at Mizzou.

What does it mean “to have demonstrated financial need”?

  • Financial need is established using the same criteria as used for eligibility for the federal Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowships. Completion of the FAFSA is required each year by January 1.

What are the benefits of the Masters CEE STEM Scholars Program?

  • Masters applicants selected for the CEE STEM Scholars Program will be awarded a scholarship of $9,500 during their first year. The scholarship will be renewed at $10,000 for the second year subject to satisfactory performance in the program. CEE STEM Scholarships will be paid in two installments each year.
  • Masters CEE STEM Scholarship recipients may additionally be eligible to receive waiver of in-state tuition fees, depending upon the additional research/teaching responsibilities assigned to them.
  • Masters students can specialize in any of the areas of specialty offered at the Mizzou CEE Department (Structural, Geotechnical, Transportation, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering)
  • Masters CEE STEM Scholars will get the opportunity to work under the supervision of world-class faculty and on research teams that specialize in all aspects of smart, sustainable and resilient infrastructure.

What are the requirements if I get awarded the Masters CEE STEM Scholarship?

  • The Scholar will need to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while attending Mizzou CEE academic programs.
  • The Scholar will also be required to attend and participate in events that assist in furthering their academic and professional achievement as a part of the CEE STEM Scholars cohort class. This includes attendance at required academic and professional development seminars.
  • Masters CEE STEM Scholars will be assigned to work with faculty for their thesis research requirement of the Masters degree program.
  • Masters CEE STEM Scholars are expected to serve as mentors and role models to cohort classes of Undergraduate CEE STEM Scholars.
  • The Scholar will need to participate in internal and external evaluation surveys required by the NSF which are conducted to generate knowledge on the efficacies of methods to support the success of the CEE STEM Scholars cohort class. These surveys are designed to understand scholar experiences in the program. This research will follow all ethical guidelines as outlined in the Institutional Research Board (IRB) Policy of Mizzou and is intended to share the knowledge generated with other STEM institutions.
  • Scholars will be encouraged to participate in community service projects so that they recognize the positive transformation that this experiential learning brings to their professional and personal lives.
  • The Scholar will be required to complete a FAFSA each year by January 1.

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