SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY'S PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (PAcE) SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR STUDENTS WHO WISH TO MAJOR IN SCIENCE OR MATHEMATICS, AND HAVE ACADEMIC PROMISE AND FINANCIAL NEED.*
SCSU provides a supportive, learner-centered academic community. At Southern, you will find yourself in a learning community of like-minded, highly-motivated students who, like you, are aiming for the stars!
The PAcE program provides scholarships to students who major in chemistry, biology, computer science, earth science, mathematics, or physics - including our engineering concentration. In addition, we offer forensics and environmental science minors, with a major in one of the disciplines listed above.
PAcE scholarships pay for any allowable educational expense up to $10,000 per year for four years of study at Southern Connecticut State University.
PAcE scholarship recipients will become part of a carefully mentored learning community and will be provided a computer. Research and/or internship opportunities begin in the freshman year, as well as access to additional funds to support participation in research conferences.
To be eligible for a PAcE scholarship, a student must:
- be a Connecticut resident.
- maintain at least a B average in high school.
- demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To remain eligible, a student must:
- continue to major in math or science at Southern, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Students must complete the Southern application process, and file a FAFSA form prior to applying for the PAcE scholarship. The PAcE application package includes:
- A completed application form, available below.
- A brief essay
- One or more letters of recommendation.
- High school transcripts.
- SAT or ACT scores.
Questions may be addressed to Dr. Karen Cummings, Physics, CummingsK2@southernct.edu or call 203-392-7043.
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*Financial need is defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education
as the Cost of
Attendance (COA) at a particular college minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the student, which
is determined using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The PAcE scholarship pays $10,000 per year OR the difference between SCSU's COA and the EFC, paying whichever is the smaller of these amounts. The COA at Southern Connecticut State University is currently approximately $18,000 for Connecticut residents.This includes tuition, fees, on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students), allowances for books and supplies, transportation and other expenses.
PAcE is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.