Abstract: Our nation’s competitive edge is highly dependent on the success of STEM education and the ability of information technology (IT) graduates to find jobs. The School of Information Technology at Illinois State University (ISU) is strategically positioned to offer S-STEM scholarships to talented, financially disadvantaged students in the IT discipline. This article shares our experience and strategies from managing the ISU CS/IS Scholarship Program, a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM scholarship grant. Leveraging our unique educational setting and multiple student support activities, we were able to provide financial support as well as implement several strategies needed to educate and retain qualified undergraduate IT students.
Keywords: STEM, Information technology, Scholarship, recruitment, Retention, Education, Computer Science, information systems major
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Recommended Citation: Mahatanankoon, P., Hunter, W., El-Zanati, S. (2018). Managing an NSF-Funded Information Technology Scholarship Program. Information Systems Education Journal, 16(3) pp 35-44. http://isedj.org/2018-16/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIGCON 2017)