I-ASCEND Scholarships in Chemistry and Biology
The I-ASCEND program aims to provide scholarships to academically talented first-year students with demonstrated financial need majoring in chemistry and biology and those wishing enter the workforce or transfer to a graduate program upon BS degree completion. This program has been made possible by a grant entitled “Pathways to STEM Degrees through Integrated Academic Support, Career ENhancement, and Personal Development (I-ASCEND)” from the National Science Foundation to Ball State University. You may receive scholarship support for up to $10,000 per year based on your financial need as determined by the BSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as you maintain a GPA >2.8 each semester, remain a full-time student and continue to have an unmet financial need.
The I-ASCEND scholarships will be awarded after you have qualified for and received other scholarships such as a Pell Grant, grants and scholarships from the State of Indiana, the Ball State University Foundation, Office of Admissions, private organizations and donors. We hope receiving the I-ASCEND scholarship on the top of other scholarships would eliminate or substantially reduce your need to work, so you can focus on your course work, graduate in a timely fashion and pursue your career goals. As a part of this program, you will receive 1-on-1 support from a faculty mentor as well as a peer mentor who can help you navigate college life. You will also have the opportunity to participate many activities such as study-tables, interactive seminars with top Indiana employers, undergraduate research, social events, story-telling using photographs and workshops for career advice as well as personal/mental well-being.
Up to $10,000 a year and renewable for up to four years.
Note: The scholarship amount is based on your unmet need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and can vary from year to year.
- Must be US citizens, refugees or permanent residents.
- High school GPA 2.83.
- Be enrolled full-time at Ball State University.
- Have demonstrated financial need – completed FAFSA.
- Freshman majoring in chemistry or biology.
- Obtain 1-on-1 academic support and career guidance from a faculty mentor.
- Get a peer mentor to help navigate college life.
- Participate in study-tables with other I-ASCEND Scholars.
- Engage in research with faculty and get paid.
- Build connections with top Indiana employers.
- Partake in career development and personal growth workshops.
- Enjoy social activities such as movie nights, field trips and picnics.
- Share stories and experiences through photographs
How to Apply
Step 1: Must have applied to Ball State University and completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Step 2: Students admitted to Ball State University will be contacted in February 2023 with a request to submit the following two items:
- One recommendation letter (preferably from a high school science teacher commenting on your aptitude for chemistry or biology discipline).
- One-page essay (450-500 words, double spaced typed) addressing the following five questions:
- (i) Why are you interested in chemistry or biology?
- (ii) What career you want to pursue with a chemistry or biology degree?
- (iii) Why are you interested in the I-ASCEND program - particularly, how the program will help you achieve your goals, other than providing scholarship support to offset financial burden?
- (iv) Share any volunteer work, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, awards, recognitions employment history/skills
- (v) Share any challenges/extenuating circumstances that you have faced and how that affected your education and personal development.
Step 3: Students who pass the initial review will b invited for an interview the selection committee, in-person or via Zoom.
Application Review Date
The review of applications will begin on February for Fall 2023 cohort of I-ASCEND Scholars.
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sundeep Rayat or Dr. Gen Mager.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2211149. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.