Are you passionate about the sciences? Do you hope to one day follow your dreams to a STEM-related career? If this sounds like you and you are looking for a college to help you achieve your goals, then look no further than Wilson College.

Wilson College is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists. Through a new program called Encompass, Wilson and NSF will train, retain and graduate high-achieving, low-income undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need.

Over the course of the grant, the Encompass program will provide annual scholarships (for up to four years) to 21 rural students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and/or Environmental Science.

Annual scholarships will be awarded up to $9,500, not to exceed $38,000 in four years. Participating students must demonstrate an overall grade-point average of 3.25 to apply. That same GPA must be maintained throughout the student’s participation in the program. Program participants may also be considered for merit scholarships and the College’s Student Loan Buyback Program.

In addition to scholarship assistance, participating students will enjoy the added benefit of support services geared specifically to their needs:

  • Academic support
  • Research opportunities
  • Mentoring (by alumni currently working in a STEM field)
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Faculty and peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Job and career development activities specific to STEM professions
  • Internship opportunities with industry leaders
  • Plus … wellness and stress management activities designed for first-generation, high-achieving, low-income students from rural areas.

Encompass Scholarship Qualifications:

  • An expressed commitment to majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and/or Environmental Science
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Full-time status as a Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and/or Environmental Science student at Wilson College
  • Successful graduate of one of the following Pennsylvania high schools: Biglerville High School (Upper Adams School District), Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Fairfield Area High School, Chambersburg Area Senior High School Career Magnet School, Fannett-Metal High School, Greencastle-Antrim High School, James Buchanan High School (Tuscarora School District), Shippensburg Area Senior High School, Waynesboro Area Senior High School
  • Have a demonstrated financial need 

Selection is competitive and includes review of:

  • Academic performance
  • Financial need
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Previous participation in STEM-related co-curricular activities
  • Demonstrated residency within a targeted rural Pennsylvania school district

It’s easy to turn your passion for science into a career. Apply today to Wilson College and the Encompass program.

Step 1:

Apply to Wilson

Step 2:

Apply for Encompass