Scholarships

  • STEP Science Scholarships - Bioinformatics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships - Engineering Science, Mathematics or Physics
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STEP Science Scholarships

If you are looking for bioinformatics, biochemistry or biotechnology scholarships, you have come to the right place.

For Fall 2017, we are proud to announce that we will offer five $5,000 annual STEP Science Scholarships for incoming SVC freshmen majoring in bioinformatics, biochemistry or minoring in biotechnology. The scholarships will be in addition to Saint Vincent’s generous merit awards, which range up to $20,500 per year depending on academic record and test scores. Scholarship selection will be based on scholastic performance and an essay, as described below. Financial need will also be taken into account, so you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

Students must participate for the first two years in the Collaborative Learning Program (CLP), aimed at providing students with supplemental instruction in the rigorous courses of their major. 

Science Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA or demonstrate satisfactory academic progress throughout their undergraduate career, graduating with a major in bioinformatics, biochemistry or minor in biotechnology.

How to Apply for STEP Science Scholarships:

After your acceptance to Saint Vincent College, you may apply for the STEP scholarship by completing the following steps:

  1. You must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. In the online application, you will be asked to verify that you have completed and submitted this form. Your application cannot be considered unless this step is completed. 
  2. Visit the STEP Science Scholarship Online Application page and provide your information.
  3. Complete and attach the following STEP Science Scholarship Essay question:

    Describe in 1,000 words or less why you want to enroll in one of the following interdisciplinary program: bioinformaticsbiochemistry or biotechnology; explain why science interests you and how the field you selected will assist you in achieving your future career goal.

  4. Submit your online application by pressing the 'Apply Now!' button. A confirmation will be sent to your email address. 

The deadline for receiving the completed STEP Scholarship application is March 15, 2017.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact your admission counselor.

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Stanley Black & Decker Scholars Program
in honor of Mr. Edward W. Swink

The Stanley Black & Decker Scholars program awards scholarships to outstanding first-generation college students majoring in Engineering Science, Mathematics or Physics under the direction of the Dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, Dr. Stephen Jodis.

The Stanley Black & Decker Scholars program honors Edward “Eddie” W. Swink.  Eddie Swink was a man who was incredibly inventive and hardworking.  Because of where he came from he never had the opportunity to pursue higher education, however, he valued quality, innovation and learning just as Stanley Black & Decker and Saint Vincent College do.  He believed in America, was a veteran of war and believed in being the first in line for the work and last in line for the credit.  He worked tirelessly for over 40 years to send all of his three children on to higher education, including a daughter and grandson who both attended/attend Saint Vincent College.  Further, he collaborated with Jeff Ansell, Saint Vincent alumnus and Senior Vice President of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., on many products over the decades.

For Fall 2017, we are proud to announce that we will offer four $1,000 annual Stanley Black & Decker Scholarships for incoming first-generation SVC freshmen majoring in Engineering Science, Mathematics, or Physics. The scholarships will be in addition to Saint Vincent’s generous merit awards, which range up to $20,500 per year depending on academic record and test scores. Scholarship selection will be based on scholastic performance and an essay, as described below. Financial need will also be taken into account, so you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered.

Scholarship Recipients must:

  • Be a first generation college student.
  • Sign a FERPA waiver enabling Saint Vincent College to report on scholarship recipients.
  • Remain an Engineering Science, Mathematics or Physics major at Saint Vincent College.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.  A student that drops below a 3.0 (but no less than 2.75) will be placed on academic probation for one semester.  If their overall GPA is not above 3.0 after the 1-semester on probation (fall or spring) the student is removed from the Scholars program.
  • Satisfy the requirement to participate during their first two years in the Collaborative Learning Program (CLP) by attending at least 10 CLP sessions in any course that you enroll in that does have CLP. 
  • Make a commitment to engage with Stanley Black & Decker; examples include attending the annual meeting with Stanley Black & Decker representatives on the Saint Vincent College campus; participating in visits to the SBD facility in Towson, MD; and applying for internships and full-time employment.

How to Apply for Stanley Black & Decker Science Scholarships:

After your acceptance to Saint Vincent College, you may apply for the Stanley Black & Decker scholarship by completing the following steps:

  1. You must fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. In the online application, you will be asked to verify that you have completed and submitted this form. Your application cannot be considered unless this step is completed. 
  2. Verify that you will be a first generation college student.
  3. Visit the Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship Online Application page and provide your information.
  4. Complete and attach the following Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship Essay question:

    Describe in 1,000 words or less why you want to enroll in one of the following programs at Saint Vincent College: Engineering Science, Mathematics or Physics; explain why this discipline of study interests you and how the field you selected will assist you in achieving your future career goals.

  5. Submit your online application by pressing the 'Apply Now!' button. A confirmation will be sent to your email address. 
The deadline or receiving the completed Stanley Black & Decker Scholarship application is March 15, 2017.
S-STEM Biology Scholarsscholarship-s-stem
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The S-STEM Faculty Team: Dr. Jennifer Koehl (2nd from right), Biology is the principal investigator in this program and Dr. Jim Kellam (Biology, far right), Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B. (Biology, 2nd from the left), and Dr. Stephen Jodis (Dean, far left) were co-investigators.

S-STEM Scholarship Program

Saint Vincent College’s Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing was awarded funding by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.   The scholarship program was offered for students considering enrollment in Saint Vincent College’s Biology Scholars: Literature, Laboratory and Leadership Program during a three year period.  Dr. Jennifer Koehl, Biology is the principal investigator in this program and Dr. Jim Kellam (Biology), Br. Albert Gahr, O.S.B. (Biology) and Dr. Stephen Jodis (Dean) are co-investigators.

The program provided funding for 18 scholarships that high school seniors were able to apply for (six each for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years) valued at up to $40,000 each over four years.   No new scholarships will be awarded after the 2015-16 academic year.  Students in the program continue with the activities and requirements of the scholarship through their senior years.

Applicants needed to reside in the Pennsylvania counties of Mercer, Venango, Butler, Jefferson, Carbon, Monroe or Schuylkill, one of the Beaver County school districts of Blackhawk, Riverside Beaver, South Side Area or Western Beaver, or one of the Erie County school districts of Corry, Fairview, Fort LeBoeuf, General McLane, North East, Northwestern, Union City or Wattsburg. Applicants must also have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a U.S. citizen with financial need.

The scholarship award requires the student to major in biology at Saint Vincent and participate in clubs, fulfill sophomore rotations, meet with career services annually and attend or present at a local, national or international research conference in the junior or senior year. 

While the scholarship awarding phase has completed, the program continues with the students currently in the program.

The program used several pieces of information in selecting awardees including: High school grade point average; unofficial copy of SAT or ACT scores broken into the major divisions; class rank, if available; information on achievements attained in science, technology (computer), engineering and/or mathematics courses; letter of reference from a biology teacher that addresses the student’s enthusiasm for the study of biology; information on extracurricular activities, leadership roles and community service activities; essay, using specific examples, that describes why the student is drawn to the field of biology.

Questions about the program may be directed to Dr. Koehl at 724-805-2357 or jennifer.koehl@stvincent.edu.


 

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The 2013-14 Awardees: Six freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars for the 2013-14 Academic year and awarded four-year scholarships valued at up to $40,000 each. Aaron, right, a sophomore biology major who is serving as the S-STEM upper class leader, congratulates the recipients, from left, Hannah, Erica, Esther, Kara, Alyson and Kayla. 


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The 2014-15 Awardees: Five freshman biology majors at Saint Vincent College have been named S-STEM Scholars for the 2014-15 Academic year and awarded four-year scholarships valued up to $40,000 each based on strong academics and need.

Matthew, right, a sophomore biology major who is serving as the S-STEM upper class leader, congratulates the recipients, from left, Emily, Garret, Kathryn and Carrie. Absent from photo is Rachel.


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The 2015-16 Awardees, from left, Peter, Maddie, Rebecca, Rachel, Bailey, Lauren and Luke


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Class of 2017, Hanna, Kara, Erica, Kayla, Esther.  Absent from the photo is Alyson


 

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Class of 2017, Hanna, Kara, Erica, Kayla, Esther, and upper class mentor, Aaron


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Class of 2018 Kathryn, Rachel, Carrie, Garrett, Emily and upper class mentor Matthew (Class of 2017)


 

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The Three S-STEM Cohorts (Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019)


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The S-STEM students, Dr. Koehl and Br. Albert Gahr O.S.B.



Conferences, Presentations and Publications

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Neuroscience, San Diego, November 2016 (from left to right, Carrie, Marissa, and Dr. Michael Rhodes)


Conferences Attended but not Presented at

  • Allegheny Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ABASM) Annual Meeting at Penn State University – Behrend campus, November 2016
  • ABASM Annual Meeting at University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg, November 2015
  • Tri-Beta Regional Meeting, April 2016