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ACES Scholarships

Albright College Environmentally Oriented Sciences (ACES) Scholarships

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Albright College has been awarded more than $627,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing STEM majors who are interested in how these fields apply to the environment.

The National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (NSF S-STEM) grant will fund the new Albright College Environmentally Oriented Sciences (ACES) scholarship program and will facilitate underserved and financially needy students’ entry into and persistence in the sciences. The first scholarships will be awarded to freshmen in fall 2015. Each student will receive a total of up to $22,500 over his or her four years.

The NSF S-STEM grant also provides funding for student support, including tutoring, monthly meetings, a speaker’s series to bring industry practitioners to campus, and retreats for recipients to focus on cohort building and honing academic skills.

To be eligible for the grant, students must be incoming freshmen pursuing STEM majors and be interested in marrying their STEM major with environmentally related issues.


Associated Faculty

Associate Professor Stephen G. Mech, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Bryce Brylawski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Christian S. Hamann, Ph.D.


Applicants should apply for admission and for ACES by January 1 of their senior year of high school.

  1. Application Requirements
    1. Minimum HS GPA of 3.5 (with a science and math GPA of 3.5)
    2. Four science and four mathematics courses completed by HS graduation
    3. U.S. or permanent resident
    4. Application essay
    5. Three letters of support from high school guidance counselor and/or STEM teachers
    6. Declare an environmentally oriented STEM major
  1. Program Requirements
    1. Maintain 3.0 GPA
    2. Maintain enrollment in STEM major
    3. Receive quality grade (C or better) in at least one STEM course each semester
    4. Attend a minimum of three ACES programs (seminars, workshops and field trips) each semester

Student Support:

  1. Academic
    1. Peer-led team learning groups
    2. Dedicated ACES tutors available through the Academic Learning Center
  1. Professional Development
    1. Each student assigned a mentor who is a practicing professional in an environmental STEM field
    2. Internship opportunities
    3. Career development activities

(ACES) Scholarship

One of the goals of the ACES scholarship program is to increase awareness of the impact of the STEM fields outside of the medical sciences. Specifically, the scholarship is focused on how the STEM fields impact the environment. At Albright, we have two STEM majors explicitly focusing on the environment: environmental science and environmental chemistry. We also have a social science major, environmental studies, but that is not eligible for the ACES program. However, any STEM field can be related to the environment. For example, biology majors could focus on ecology in their undergraduate and graduate studies, or they could study how local or global environmental changes impact human health or food supplies. Chemistry majors could study the chemical remediation of soil containments or the development of reaction methods that reduce the environmental impact of a chemical system. In mathematics, students can study modeling of environmental systems. In short, any STEM field can have a direct or indirect impact on society’s understanding of the environment.

Application (including either the CSS profile or our institutional form) is due November 1.

Name: First Last

High School:


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Preferred method of communication: Telephone Email

1. Please list environmental or STEM-focused community activities and volunteer service, or attach a resume listing the same.

Activity Grade Time Spent Position Held
9 10 11 12 Hours/week Hours/year

2. In this essay, please explain how your personal interests in the STEM fields relate to the environment and how this scholarship would allow you to attain your career goals. The essay should be at least 500 words, but no more than 1,500 words.

3. Please list the names of and email addresses for the three people who will be writing recommendation letters on your behalf.

1. Name:   Email:

2. Name:   Email:

3. Name:   Email:


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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S STEM) program under Award No. 1356391. 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.