Choose Ohio First STEM Scholars Program

Students in the Baldwin Wallace University STEM Scholars Program are part of an innovative, proven success program that prepares them for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM). BW's STEM Scholars receive holistic support and are twice as likely to graduate with a STEM degree and do so within four years. Applications and more information are available below. Please visit this site frequently for additional opportunities.

Choose Ohio First logoThe Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to significantly strengthen Ohio's competitiveness within science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEM) disciplines and STEM education. Choose Ohio First awards competitive scholarship funding. Designated Choose Ohio First programs:

  • Integrate with regional economies and meet statewide educational needs
  • Facilitate the completion of baccalaureate degrees in cost effective manners
  • Recruit underrepresented STEM student groups including women and students of color

Choose Ohio First funds higher education and business collaborations that will have the most impact on Ohio's position in world markets such as aerospace, medicine, computer technology and alternative energy. These collaborations will ultimately produce substantive improvements to the pipeline of STEM graduates and STEM educators in Ohio. Choose Ohio First is part of a strategic effort to bolster Ohio's economic strength by ensuring a ready workforce for STEM-related industries.

Alumni Success

portrait of Amelisa FatuAmelisa Fatu ’20 is currently a risk management analyst with Energy Harbor. Through the BW STEM Scholars program, she attended NASA’s Space Center U, participated in faculty-student collaborative research and engaged in an actuarial internship at National Interstate Insurance. She earned a double degree in mathematics and economics with a minor in statistics.

portrait of Givaughna GarrettGivaughna Garrett ’20 is pursuing a M.S. in Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. As a STEM Scholar, she met with a success coach to identify challenges and goals, served as a STEM Scholars Peer Mentor, attended NASA’s Space Center U and completed a neuroscience lab internship at Cleveland Clinic. She earned a biology degree with a neuroscience minor.

portrait of Terrell MitchellTerrell Mitchell ’20 is a technical analyst at KeyBank. At BW, he presented at the Choose Ohio First Student Showcase, led LinkedIn workshops for STEM students, worked for BW's IT Support Services and completed a cybersecurity internship at KeyBank. He earned a degree in computer information systems with minors in French and business management.

portrait of Austyn LillyAustyn Lilly ’19 graduated with a degree in biology and is working toward a Ph.D. in biochemistry at The Ohio State University. As a transfer student from Lorain County Community College, the guidance he received from his STEM success coaches made for a smooth transition. Austyn is from Lorain, Ohio. 

Andrea HutherAndrea Huther ’18 is a student at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, class of 2021. Independent research projects and exclusive STEM programs allowed Andrea to explore and develop divergent interests. Andrea is from Akron, Ohio, and earned a degree in biology and chemistry from BW.

Laert FejzullariLaert Fejzullari ‘18 is a data analyst at Progressive Insurance and a recent alumnus of the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management MSM-Finance Program. Laert valued being a part of an intelligent and engaged community of STEM scholars. He is from Lakewood, Ohio, and earned a degree in chemistry and economics from BW. 

DeShawn FranklinDeShawn Franklin ’15 is a software engineer at Basis Worldwide in Santa Monica, Calif. His first job after graduation was as a software developer for FirstEnergy Corp. in Akron, Ohio. Supported academically and socially through the BW STEM Scholars program, the Cleveland native graduated with a degree in computer science and minor in studio art.

Sarah AllredSarah Allred ’13 is a clinical chemist at Cleveland HeartLab. She cites the steadfast support and encouragement she received from BW chemistry faculty during her most challenging semesters as essential to her academic and career success. Sarah is from Green, Ohio.