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April Schermann STEM Scholarship

Thanks to a gift from Ms. April Schermann, an ISU alumna and local STEM teacher, the April Schermann STEM provides a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving STEM major at ISU. Students must have completed the FAFSA in order to be eligible for this scholarship.

Congratulations to our 2023 Scholar, Oliva Melosci!


Olivia is a student in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science, double major. She is actively involved in Women in STEM and Women in Technology groups on campus, along with Information Technology Students of America group. She also serves as a judge yearly for a 6th-9th grade STEM competition to “offer positive feedback” and “provide my own knowledge and experiences in order to show the representation of women in STEM.” As she states, “Seeing more women in stem, like myself, can inspire others to follow in our footsteps.“ She “can and will support the women around me and fight for equality in the workforce, for everyone.”


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  1. be majoring in an undergraduate degree program in one of the following academic units:
    • School of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Geography, Geology, & the Environment
    • Department of Health Sciences
    • School of Information Technology
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Technology
  2. be a current sophomore, junior, or senior at ISU
  3. have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  4. demonstrate financial need
  5. demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the importance of women in STEM disciplines
  6. not have received the April Schermann STEM Scholarship prior to this application
  7. submit a complete application by 11:59 p.m. on October 1

Application Details

Applications for 2023 are currently closed. Applications will open again in August 2024.

The scholarship application will request the following information:

  1. Name, email, UID 
  2. Current cumulative GPA
  3. Major
  4. Student Aid Report (SAR), which is a summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA form.
    • To download your SAR, log in to with your FSA ID by selecting "Log In" and proceeding to the student role. Once on the "My FAFSA" page, scroll down to select "View SAR." At the top of the page, there is an option to "Download or Print SAR." Download your SAR as a PDF and then upload it in your application.
  5. Explanation of extenuating financial circumstances
  6. Application essay (300-500 words) describing the importance of women being fully represented in STEM disciplines and any outreach or advocacy the applicant has engaged in to make STEM fields more equitable and diverse.