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The S-STEM Scholarship Program for East Tennessee Students

Opportunities for Success

In 2013, The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant to the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at the University of Tennessee to promote the admission and retention of engineering students from the economically depressed Appalachian Region within the State of Tennessee. This grant, Scholarships for Engineering Students from the East Tennessee Demographic Region, provides semi-annual scholarships of $4,000 per year, renewable for a total of eight semesters.

Coupled with the statewide HOPE Scholarship Program and the college’s co-op and internship opportunities, this program offers the possibility of funding almost all the financial responsibilities associated with attending UT. Scholarship recipients have access to the full range of extensive university diversity programs and services as well as program specific faculty mentoring.

Interested students are also encouraged to participate in faculty research programs, which are funded by grants from private and public sources, such as the National Science Foundation, US Departments of Energy and Defense, and the National Institutes of Health.


Additional Program Benefits

  • Opportunities to participate in paid faculty research programs in the TCE
  • Opportunities to participate in industry-sponsored paid co-op and internship programs through the TCE’s Office of Engineering Professional Practice
  • Exclusive access to dedicated TCE faculty mentors

Program Eligibility

The following requirements apply:

  • Only US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of the State of Tennessee, with a program preference for students from the East Tennessee region.
  • Acceptance into the UT Tickle College of Engineering through the normal application process with full-time status is mandatory.
  • Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better.
  • Applicants must major in one of the following programs: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the UT Office of Financial Aid.

Academic Advantages

The Office of Professional Practice offers opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience in business and industry through paid co-op positions and internships, averaging $3,300/month while on assignment.

The Tickle College of Engineering also participates in the University Honors Program, which is designed to give academically outstanding students a unique undergraduate experience consisting of special courses, seminars, mentoring, and research projects.

The UT Center for International Education collaborates with the Tickle College of Engineering to create opportunities for engineering studies in other countries.

UT freshman engineering students, with the exception of computer science majors, are automatically enrolled in the innovative Engage Engineering Fundamentals Program. Here you will learn basic engineering concepts and teamwork skills through a series of hands on projects and activities.


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