Garber Hall Lab
Ferrum College trip to Belle Baruch Marine Lab
STEM Scholars Program greenhouse tour

STEM Scholars in Biology Program

Ferrum College’s STEM Scholars in Biology (SSB) program is a unique scholarship opportunity for high-achieving students interested in majoring in biology and who are in need of financial assistance to attend college.

Ferrum College is one of six institutions, which are part of a research project using a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (NSF S-STEM). This means that starting in the fall of 2018, Ferrum College is able to provide approximately 18 first-year students with as much as $10,000 a year in scholarship aid for their four years of college, along with other benefits such as a free laptop computer, mentoring, individualized advising and involvement in research projects.

Support Includes:

  • Scholarship award up to $10,000 per year for each of your four years in college

  • A high-quality laptop computer for use throughout your degree program

  • STEM-focused “CATALYST” program designed to enhance community building and facilitate student success

  • First-year Seminar taught by Biology faculty

  • Faculty/peer mentors program

  • Various STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research/project-based learning as well as a seminar series by scientists

  • Graduate school/career preparation through workshops and cohort activities

  • An annual institute with scholars from the six partnering institutions

The goal of the SSB program is to increase the number of talented biology majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the workforce or a life science-related graduate program upon graduation from Ferrum College.

Learn more about Ferrum College’s biology department here.

For more information about Ferrum’s SSB program or the NSF S-STEM grant, please contact Dr. Jinnie Garrett at

To be eligible for the SSB program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Additional information about filling out your FAFSA application available here.)

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, first-year student.

  • Intend to major in Biology.

  1. Complete and submit your SSB application here, which will include short statements about why you are interested in Biology and about your academic goals.

  2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a science teacher.

  3. Complete your general Ferrum College application for admission. Get started here.

  4. Submit your financial aid application—Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)––as soon as possible.