$40,000 START
Science Scholarships at JSC

A student tests samples in the Microbiology Lab in Bentley Hall.

Planning to major in biology or environmental science? If you’ve got the grades, the aptitude and the desire and enthusiasm to play an active role in your science education at Johnson State College, we may have a START Science Scholarship waiting here for you.

Funded by a major five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the START Scholarship provides up to $40,000 over four years to qualified biology and environmental science majors at Johnson State College. In order to qualify, you must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, no more than 60 college credits, and demonstrated financial need as documented on your FAFSA (loans count!).

Student Research, Faculty Mentoring

START science scholars work side-by-side with faculty and fellow START students conducting research, gathering and testing field samples, attending and presenting at professional conferences, and building a strong portfolio of work.

Most other colleges reserve these kinds of experiences for graduate students -- but START scholars dig right in starting their very first year at JSC.

START scholars also benefit from structured learning communities, focused academic and career advising, and numerous opportunities to meet and connect with leading scientists and policymakers who speak on campus as part of our Environmental & Health Sciences Lecture Series.

How to Apply

If you think you’ve got what it takes and want to learn more, download the START Science Scholarship application guidelines and apply today, or contact Dr. Leslie Kanat at les.kanat@jsc.edu for more information.

START Science Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, as applications are received and reviewed, and as funds are available. Apply early for the best opportunity.


Group photo of the 2013 START science scholars at JSC





START is supported by NSF and EPSCoR

This program is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1153457 for the Student Transition, Achievement, Retention and Teaching (START) Scholarship for biology and environmental science majors at Johnson State College. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Students in the Exercise Physiology Lab



  • Starting in fall 2014,
    a new Math START Scholarship for Vermont students comes to JSC. For details,click here.