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Cannon Scholars

Wesley College has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support scholarships in science, technology, engineering and math (S-STEM). The S-STEM program (NSF DUE – 1355554) at Wesley College is called the Cannon Scholars Program. The program is designed to recruit and retain academically talented students in biological chemistry, biology, environmental science and mathematics, and are in need of financial aid. To receive an annual scholarship for four years, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, demonstrate financial need, maintain an annual cumulative GPA of 2.7 and remain a STEM major. It is recommended that an applicant’s SAT score be at least 1006 out of 1600.

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Wesley Cannon Scholars

The three main goals of this program are:

  • Increase the number of underrepresented, financially-disadvantaged, academically-talented students graduating from Wesley with B.S. degrees in STEM areas.
  • Strengthen their preparation for and interest in pursuing a future graduate or professional program.
  • Increase the numbers of well-educated and skilled employees in technical areas of regional and national need.

The Cannon Scholarship Program will further support these students by helping them move into paying positions on campus and encourage their continued participation in our mature undergraduate research programs. Cannon Scholars will be encouraged to participate in common co-curricular activities as part of their educational experience, including special trips, conferences, leadership building experiences and community service opportunities.

Wesley will offer our Scholars one-on-one counseling, assessment and review sessions for job readiness, interview skills and résumé writing. In addition to financially supporting students, this program aims to help foster a community that equips students with the skills and credentials required to move forward toward a thriving STEM career.

Dr. D’Souza discusses the Cannon Scholar Program:

Wesley College and sponsoring grants offer a three-week summer STEM prep program – Success in Stem (SIS) – for incoming freshmen STEM majors, STEM transfer students and undeclared but STEM-intending majors. The SIS program gives students the opportunity to complete prerequisites in Chemistry, Pre-Calculus and Scientific Writing, saving thousands in semester courses. Students will receive free housing and meals during the three week program period. The only cost to students is an activity fee. Each attendee will participate in math, lab science, and technical writing seminars and will be connected with academic support and mentoring services.

The SIS Program Application deadline for this year’s SIS program is March 1, 2020.

*Only potential STEM majors need apply. Must be a student enrolled at Wesley College to qualify.

The application is a PDF, which can be filled out using Adobe Reader. Once completed, save the form to your computer and email that file to Christine McDermott at

For further information, contact:

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Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research – PI
(302) 736-2528

Dr. Kevin E. Shuman
Assistant Director of STEM Initiatives – Co-PI.
(302) 736-2778

Christine McDermott
Director of Student Success and Retention
(302) 736-2492

Grant Management:

Emily Wood
Academic Research Grants Administrator
(302) 736-2539

Melanie Pritchett
STEM Programs Coordinator
(302) 736-2426