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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

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Attention STEM Scholars!

VA has launched the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program for students training in high demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

The Rogers STEM Scholarship will provide up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (to a maximum of $30,000) to qualifying Veterans and Fry Scholars seeking an undergraduate STEM degree or who have earned a STEM degree and are seeking a teaching certification.

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Who is eligible for the Rogers STEM Scholarship?

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✔ You are enrolled in an undergraduate STEM program
     requiring at least 120 semester (or 180 quarter)
     credit hours for completion 
✔ You have completed at least 60 standard or 90
     quarter credit hours toward your degree;
✔ You have or will exhaust your Post-9/11 GI Bill
     entitlement within six months based on your 
     current enrollment(s)

Note:  Graduate programs are not currently approved for the STEM Scholarship.

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✔ You have earned a post-secondary degree in a STEM
     field;
✔ You have been accepted or are enrolled in a teaching
     certification program;
✔ You have or will exhaust your Post-9/11 GI Bill
     entitlement within six months based on your 
     current enrollment(s)

More you should know

  • Priority will be given to individuals who are entitled to 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and to those who require the most credit hours.
  • The Yellow Ribbon Program may not be used with this extension. Schools may apply Yellow Ribbon funding, but VA can't match it.
  • These additional benefits can't be transferred to dependents.
  • Fry Scholars are eligible to apply for the Rogers STEM Scholarship.

  Helping Veterans Cross the Finish Line.  Learn - Make sure your degree program or teaching certificate qualifies for the Rogers STEM Scholarship.  Double-check that you have or will soon exhaust your Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement, and are enrolled in or have graduated from an eligible STEM program.  Apply - VA will begin accepting applications for the Rogers STEM Scholarship August 1, 2019.  Priority - Priority will be given to students requiring the most credit hours and who are entitled to 100% of Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits.   Succeed - Effective August 1, 2019, Rogers STEM Scholarship receipients will receive up to nine months of additional Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (to a maximum of $30,000).

How do you apply?

Apply on VA.gov.

What fields of study qualify for the Rogers STEM Scholarship?

Students must be enrolled in or have earned a degree in one of the following areas:

  • agriculture science or natural resources science program
  • biological or biomedical science
  • computer and information science and support services
  • engineering, engineering technologies, or an engineering-related field
  • health care or related program
  • mathematics or statistics
  • medical residency (undergraduate only)
  • physical science
  • science technologies or technicians

See the STEM Designated Degree Program List.

When will the scholarships be awarded?

VA awarded the first Rogers STEM Scholarships in November 2019. VA will continue to accept applications and award scholarships in January, March, July and October of 2020.

About the Rogers STEM Scholarship

The Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship is a provision of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Forever GI Bill) that gives extra benefits to students training in the high-demand fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Obtaining a degree in these areas may require more training than other fields. This provision aims to help cover that difference and give additional incentive for students who choose the careers our society needs most.

About Edith Nourse Rogers

Edith Nourse Rogers represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1925–1961 and was a tireless advocate for Veterans. She was one of the first women to serve in Congress and had the second-longest tenure of any woman elected in Congress. Rogers served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Civil Service Committee, chaired the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and was the first woman to preside as the House of Representatives Speaker pro tempore.

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