Florida Pathways S-STEM Scholarship for Transfer Students in Microbiology and Cell Science

The CALS Microbiology and Cell Science department received a grant from NSF to provide scholarships to transfer students.  Spring 2018 was the first semester of this program, and 21 students received over $40,000 in scholarships. We hope to extend our reach and assist all eligible transfer students in 2018.  Please read below to learn more and apply by July 16, 2018 for priority consideration for Fall 2018.


Scholarships are available to eligible students for up to 4 consecutive Fall/Spring semesters (two academic years), and students must maintain eligibility for the duration of the scholarship. Scholarship award amount is based on financial need as determined from an individual’s FAFSA.


To qualify, scholarship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Microbiology & Cell Science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Be a transfer student with your AA from a state of Florida college (e.g. Miami Dade, Valencia College, etc.)
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 credits for Fall/Spring semesters)
  • Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.5
  • Be a US citizen, permanent resident, national or refugee at the time of application submission
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided in that application.

For more information on submitting the FAFSA, visit:



One of the main missions of this grant program is to understand where our transfer students are coming from and what challenges they face. This information will guide us in improving the design of our program with the intent to help students succeed, not just academically, but professionally as well. As part of this mission, recipients of this scholarship will be required to participate in surveys and other activities.


Questions? Contact us at: microsstem@ifas.ufl.edu (correspondences may be labeled as IF-SVC-MCS-STEM)

Priority consideration will be given for students who apply by July 16, 2018.

 Additional Benefits to Scholarship Recipients

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Cohort Activities & Mentoring
  • Peer-led Team Learning
  • Career Mentoring

About the Florida Pathways S-STEM Program:

There is a national initiative to increase the quality and number of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in order to maintain the country’s pre-eminence in science and technology. Part of this initiative includes broadening participation and diversity of students in STEM fields.

The Florida Pathways to Success S-STEM Scholarship is funded by a grant awarded to the Microbiology and Cell Science Program from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF’s Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) Program “seeks:

  1. to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM;
  2. to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and
  3. to generate knowledge to advance understanding of howfactors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect  the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.”

 To increase the quality of student and diversity, we recognize that a large pool of talent comes from transfer students, whom often face various challenges. Also, transfer students generally have lower retention rates than first-time in college students.

 A main goal of the project is to focus on identifying factors that contribute to the retention of transfer students in STEM and indicators of at risk students that will guide interventions. The barriers to transfer student’s success can include financial, social, and familial responsibilities.

 Strengthening the transfer pathway through scholarship and other interventions will increase retention, shorten time to degree, and broaden participation of URM in STEM. The mission of the grant is to not only assist transfer students succeed in obtaining a B.S. by providing financial support, but we seek to better understand the various pathways students take in pursuing a B.S. in microbiology and how they transition to the professional workforce.

Award Name: Florida Parhways to Success: a research University/Minority-Serving
Comunity College Partnertship Retention and Diversity of Transfer Students

NSF Award # 1643780