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Loras College introduces new STEM scholarships

Robert Waterbury

Funding comes from a $649,065 grant from National Science Foundation

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), will award up to 18 annual, renewable scholarships between $4,000 and $7,000, based on financial need, for students seeking an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The priority deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

Eligibility requirements for the DuSTEM scholarship, named after the College mascot, “Dewey the Duhawk,” include enrolling at Loras as a full-time student with the intention of declaring a major in biochemistry, biology, biological research, neuroscience, chemistry, computer science, data science, math or engineering. The scholarships are part of Loras’ DuSTEM Scholars Program set to launch fall 2019.

“By becoming a DuSTEM scholar, students are opening the door to working in an exhilarating career and improving the world,” said Kris Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering and the principal investigator of the team leading the program. “Past graduates of such innovative programs work for a variety of employers with worldwide reach, including Amazon and John Deere.”

Besides the monetary benefit, scholarship recipients receive individualized coaching in academic success strategies, peer support from trained tutors, and mentoring from a professor in their specific field of study.

As a student pursuing a STEM major at Loras, DuSTEM Scholars will be actively engaged in research, community outreach and hands-on coursework.

Students will work with each other and the community to create a lasting impact through research and projects,” Thompson said. “Students will also be personally mentored, become part of a learning community, and participate in bridging activities to help find their vocation.”

The DuSTEM Scholars Program not only assists students with the transition between high school and college, but also from college to the workforce or an advanced degree.

For full eligibility requirements, more information or to apply for a DuSTEM scholarship, visit

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