A new UCSB scholarship program is now accepting applications from undergraduates in the College of Engineering who are first-generation college students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program aims to enhance the graduation rates of first-generation college students majoring in engineering.

The scholarships are intended only for first-generation college students — defined as students for whom neither parent has earned a four-year college degree — because they have significantly lower college completion rates than continuing-generation college students.

The first group of ESTEEM scholars will be announced in early 2012. Scholarships valued between $2,000 and $9,500 will be awarded to students with financial need.

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