Awarding NSF S-STEM Scholarships to Students Enrolled at Least Half-Time

A potential consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic is the need for some students to reduce their enrollment status to less than full-time. This communication serves as notice to Principal Investigators of all active NSF S-STEM projects that your institution is authorized, effective immediately, to award scholarships to otherwise eligible S-STEM scholars as long as they are enrolled at least half-time, as defined by your institution.

As a reminder, if an S-STEM scholar drops out of school or decreases their enrollment below half-time, the S-STEM program does not require the scholar to return any scholarship funds that they have been provided.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jamie H. French, Division Director, Division of Grants and Agreements (