A Scholarship Model for Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM Disciplines

Kumar Yelamarthi, Ruby Mawasha

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Abstract

A scholarship program offers enrichment, support, improved professional development towards employment, and increased graduate opportunities for underrepresented groups. In this paper, it is postulated that the development of a successful and competitive scholarship program is dependent on several variables including management leadership in quality sciences, cognitive/non-cognitive selection methods, operations research, active learning, and technical instruction supported by existing university student-support infrastructure. The effectiveness of the program is measured from the student grade point average, student distribution based on their STEM major, and retention towards graduation. This program can be effectively used as a model to develop activities for minorities and women, and for career interventions in areas where these groups have been traditionally low in numbers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
JournalJournal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research
Volume11
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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