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STEM Disability Scholarships

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Academic Level:
High School Students
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)

OSAA is a NSF-funded initiative seeking to increase the number of students with disabilities that earn STEM degrees and enter the STEM workforce. Wright State leads a coalition of Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College and Columbus State Community college in implementing programming to recruit high school students and other persons with disabilities to STEM college majors. OSAA also provides college students with academic and personal support aimed at maximizing STEM retention and graduation rates, as well as extracurricular enhancements to increase the quality of their degrees and competitiveness for positions in high quality graduate programs and the STEM workforce.

The OSAA program at Wright State includes a wide range of tailored activities, academic supports and enrichment opportunities for STEM students with disabilities during the last two years of high school and while enrolled in STEM studies at the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels. OSAA is supported by its secondary school partners through recruiting assistance and by its STEM government and industry partners through student placements in research experiences and internships.

The primary focus of OSAA interventions and research is on university students with disabilities who are pursuing degrees under STEM majors. New freshmen, transfer students and existing upperclassmen are recruited through advertising and referrals to become OSAA Scholars. Those who elect to join this group are given access to a variety of services, supports, incentives and academic opportunities aimed at assuring their retention in college and progression in the STEM major of their choice, optimizing the quality of the degrees that they earn, and maximizing their qualifications for entry to the STEM workforce or graduate school programs. Among the benefits available to OSAA Scholars at Wright State are access to tutoring in prerequisite and STEM courses, a first-year experience learning community, near-peer and professional mentoring, regular Scholars seminar meetings focused on career success following graduation, STEM participation incentives for travel, software and tools (Scholars’ Dollars), scholarships, internships, and a unique individualized advising resource known as the Ability Advisor.
portable fundingaccepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Wright State University (Lead)
Columbus State Community College
Ohio State University
Sinclair Community College

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
General Engineering & Physical Sciences
General Math & Computational Sciences
General Medical & Life Sciences
General Social Sciences
General Technology
STEM Fields

STEM Education

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/1/2024
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