Davenport University earns $650k in scholarships for 20 computer science majors with a new National Science Foundation grant

(Grand Rapids, Mich. – October 5, 2020) – Davenport University, the beneficiary of three National Science Foundation grants in three years, has been awarded a new S-STEM grant for $647,527 to recruit, retain, graduate, and prepare 20 low-income, academically talented students earning a computer science degree for employment.

Over the next five years, twelve students will enter as freshmen and receive scholarship support for four years, and eight transfer students will enter as juniors and receive scholarships for two years. Using a cohort-based model, Davenport will utilize flexible delivery of courses and mentoring to assist and promote success for students who have intermittent external conflicts that pose barriers to consistent in-person attendance.

S-STEM scholars will receive an average of $7,000 annually, not to exceed unmet need. The scholarships funds are applied towards their two or four-year tuition costs for a total savings of between $14,000 and $28,000, respectively.

“Davenport University is committed to educating students in areas of our workforce with the highest growth potential, leading students not only to a degree but to a prosperous career,” said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University. “These scholarships will help low-income, academically talented students achieve their goal to work in computer science and computer information systems, two rapidly growing areas of our workforce.”

The scholars will be mentored during their time at Davenport University by faculty, peers and local professionals, and they in turn will mentor rising high school scholars.

According to The National Science Foundation, a well-educated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a significant contributor to maintaining the United States competitiveness in the global economy. The foundation’s scholarships address the need for a high-quality STEM workforce and contribute to the success of low-income academically talented students pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“We’re fortunate to once again be chosen by The National Science Foundation for this honor,” said Pappas. “Institutions are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM fields. We pride ourselves on offering holistic programs that meet the needs of our students at every level.”

The scholarships are application-based and if awarded, the scholars must demonstrate continued financial need based on FAFSA calculations, be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.2 GPA.

The application for the 2020-21 school year is open now. Those interested in learning more and applying for the scholarship may visit davenport.edu/sstem.

This October, Davenport University is also celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – an annual, month-long event aimed at increasing cybersecurity awareness and preventing future online security problems.

About Davenport University:
Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving about 7,500 students at campuses across Michigan and online. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 60 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers in business, technology, health professions and urban education. More information is available at davenport.edu.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.  2030655. 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.


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