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Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR)

Welcome to the SOAR program at Midwestern State University! SOAR stands for Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition, and is funded by the National Science Foundation to provide scholarships for academically qualified students that demonstrate financial need, and who choose to study a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field at Midwestern State University. These scholarships will greatly reduce the cost of attending college for those students accepted into the program. Once accepted, each scholar will receive dedicated support by faculty, staff, and fellow students to ease their transition into college life and ensure that they graduate into a productive and rewarding career in STEM.

Below you will find the application requirements and the online application. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply. We especially welcome applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in STEM, such as first-generation college students, females, and minority students. The actual award amount will vary among individuals based upon need, but will average approximately $5800 per year. The SOAR team is excited to provide this opportunity to deserving young people, and we anticipate hearing from you!

SOAR is a federally funded program (NSF S-STEM; award #1458185) and will adhere to specific qualifications for all applicants.  All applicants must:

  • be accepted into Midwestern State University as a first-time student OR currently be enrolled at MSU or another institution with less than 31 accrued credit hours
  • enroll as a full time student (minimum 12 credit hours) as a major in biology (excluding pre-professional and clinical areas), chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geosciences, mathematics, mechanical engineering, or physics
  • plan a career in basic or applied science (not medical or health professions)
  • maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher
  • be a US citizen or have permanent resident status
  • be eligible for federal financial aid

SOAR scholars will receive a variety of support services to help ensure their success, which includes:

  • SOAR Weekend Flight – A program orientation to help transition scholars to college life
  • Living/learning Community -– SOAR scholars will be housed together and will attend many classes together for their first two years of college
  • Inquiry into Science and Technology Course – A common course for all SOAR scholars that will also count toward any degree plan
  • Mentoring Program – Scholars will be mentored by faculty, support staff, and upper-level undergraduate students
  • Original research and internships with partners are optional activities for scholars’ last two years
SOAR is no longer taking applications.