Keven Stonewall, University of Wisconsin Posse Scholar. Credit: Joan Fischer
Keven Stonewall, University of Wisconsin Posse Scholar. Credit: Joan Fischer

STEM Nominations

Nominate a STEM Scholar

Eligible high schools and CBOs can nominate STEM students


Who should I nominate for STEM Posse Scholarships?

In addition to the typical qualities we seek in Posse Scholars, the ideal STEM candidates are high school seniors who have:

  • A demonstrated interest in STEM and motivation to major in STEM.
  • Taken a challenging STEM course load in high school.
  • The capacity to “think” like a scientist; they are curious, engage in scientific inquiry, and will work at a concept until they are able to understand it.
  • Diverse interests in and outside of the STEM fields.

Posse cities recruiting STEM Scholars

Each of Posse’s college and university partners offer degrees in science and math. Most Posses include STEM students. The Posse STEM Program is special because all of the participating Scholars have expressed an interest in STEM and receive unique programming to support their goals.

To nominate for the Posse STEM Program, you need to be registered with a Posse city recruiting for Posse’s STEM partners.

  • Boston
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • New York


What majors can STEM Posse Scholars pursue in college?

The range of STEM majors available to STEM Posse Scholars depends on which Posse partner institution they ultimately attend. Only colleges or universities with top-notch science programs become STEM Posse partners.

Can a STEM Posse Scholar study another major as well?

Yes. Scholars can double major or minor in a non-STEM field if they choose. What’s the difference between the training for traditional and STEM Posses? During the Pre-Collegiate Training Program, STEM Scholars participate in traditional Posse workshops as well as intensive, university-specific STEM immersion programs. These programs introduce the level and rigor of course and lab work expected of them as STEM majors throughout their college careers. In addition, during the writing component of Pre-Collegiate Training, STEM Scholars work with a writing coach who has a STEM field background.

What high school background should STEM candidates have?

We expect that students will have taken four years of math and four years of science in high school. We also expect that they have taken the most challenging courses offered at their respective high schools. In addition, we need your help in identifying students who are truly passionate about pursuing STEM in their college careers versus students who may not be ready to commit to focusing on STEM. Posse’s STEM partners are elite-level research institutions and students will need both a strong academic background and a strong desire to succeed in the sciences.

What happens to applications for students who are not seen as a good fit for the STEM Posse?

Posse staff may also consider a STEM candidate for the general pool if they feel like a student may be a better fit for a non-STEM Posse partner institution. Additionally, if a nominee advances to the second-round interview as a semi-finalist, they can identify which non-STEM partners they are willing to consider attending.

What do STEM Posse Scholars do after graduation?

STEM Scholars have participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at Yale and Case Western Universities, have done research at Tufts and Brandeis Universities, and have been Howard Hughes Medical Institute interns. STEM Posse alumni are now enrolled in MD/MBA programs and work as full-time research staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

STEM Posse College & University Partners

  • Brandeis University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Middlebury College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Texas A&M University

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