Electrical Engineering Scholars

Suffolk University was awarded a highly competitive, five-year, $600,000+ grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) for the program Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University which provides full scholarships (the cost of tuition and books) and enrichment programming for Boston High School students with financial need to study electrical engineering at Suffolk. The project is under the direction of Co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Lisa Shatz, Electrical and Computer Engineering Chairman and Dr. Tim Poynton, School Counseling Program Director.

The NSF S-STEM program was established by the National Science Foundation in accordance with the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998. The Act reflects the national need to increase substantially the number of American scientists and engineers. Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University will provide 15 four-year full scholarships (the cost of tuition and books) for students. New scholars will matriculate into the program between September 2014 and September 2016. There are a limited number of scholarships.

The selection process is competitive. No separate application is required to be considered for this scholarship - all graduates of Boston Public or Boston Community Schools that are residents of Boston who apply to Suffolk University with an intended major of Electrical Engineering will be automatically considered.


Consistent with NSF guidelines, the requirements for becoming an Electrical Engineering Scholar are:

  • Demonstrated need, as defined by the Office of Student Financial Services utilizing information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Suffolk University code to include when completing the FAFSA is 002218. Go to www.fafsa.gov to file the FAFSA, if you have not already done so
  • U .S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugee aliens
  • Graduate from a Boston Public or Boston Community School
  • Resident of the City of Boston

Features of Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University

The Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University was designed to maximize student success in electrical engineering. Factors such as student math ability, self-efficacy, unmet financial need, role models, faculty support, and a sense of community have been found to contribute to an engineering student’s success. The program also partners with several companies that serve the electric power grid who are very interested in attracting electrical engineering graduates into their industry.

Features of Electrical Engineering Scholars at Suffolk University include:

  • Student-focused education where academic progress, particularly in math, is closely monitored
  • Hands-on learning with laboratory components in every engineering course
  • Full cost of tuition and books for four years for students who make satisfactory progress through the program
  • Mandatory academic coaching for students who are not achieving satisfactory academic progress
  • Peer mentoring
  • Exposure to the electric power industry with the possibilities of internships
  • Regular meetings with University faculty and staff to ensure academic and career success
  • A five-day stay at Suffolk University’s Northern Maine Field Station to work on projects involving photovoltaics, wind turbines, solar heating and tidal power, as well as learning about the diverse ecology of one of the world’s most impressive intertidal zone.

Contact Information

For More Information Contact:

  • Raffi Muroy, Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admission, 617.573.8460
  • Dr. Lisa Shatz, Electrical and Computer Engineering Chairman, 617 573 8234
  • Dr. Tim Poynton, School Counseling Program Director, 617-994-6454