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Gwynedd Mercy University’s E-STEM Scholarship Program is funded through 2019-2020 by a grant from the National Science Foundation to help grow the STEM workforce in the U.S.
E-STEM Program scholars at GMercyU receive more than just funding to support their education. In response to a nationwide emphasis on increasing enrollment in STEM disciplines and producing more college graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive difference in these growing fields, Gwynedd Mercy University’s E-STEM program provides the support needed to successfully earn a STEM degree.
Following the Mercy tradition, students build the ethical framework needed to make a positive difference in STEM fields. That’s why we call the program the E-STEM—Ethics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics — program.
STEM training in college is associated with higher earnings, whether working in a STEM occupation or not. Among college-educated workers employed full-time year-round, the median earnings for those who have a STEM college major are $81,011, compared with $60,828 for other college majors.
The earnings advantage for those with a college major in a STEM field extends to workers outside of STEM occupations. Among all non-STEM workers, those who have a STEM college degree earn, on average, about $71,000; workers with a non-STEM degree working outside of STEM earn roughly $11,000 less annually.