The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach Campus is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships to Accelerate Graduates in Engineering for STEM (SAGE-STEM) project.


Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, FL, campus is proud to announce its NSF-funded SAGE-STEM project. This project aims to deliver financial scholarship support to domestic, low-income, high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need at Embry-Riddle. This scholarship will be provided to students that pursue four-year bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Computer Engineering followed by a one-year accelerated master’s degree in one of the following areas: Software Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Cybersecurity Engineering. The project will provide scholarships for up to five years to support the completion of undergraduate and master’s degrees. The scholarships are funded through a grant awarded by the NSF. 

Embry-Riddle SAGE-STEM is a unique project designed to recruit, train and support the next generation of professionals in the above-mentioned STEM fields. In addition to graduating talented students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in STEM, the uniqueness of this program lies in the creation of a supporting ecosystem that will build around qualified scholars and combines evidence-based practices such as faculty mentoring, academic advising, participation in the learning community, professional development activities, guidance in acquiring internships and research opportunities. The overall goal of this project is to increase undergraduate and graduate STEM degree completion of domestic, low-income, high-achieving undergraduates with demonstrated financial need in the STEM field.

Students selected as SAGE-STEM scholars will receive economic, academic and professional support, pending maintaining eligibility that covers the following:

  • Academic-year stipends of $10,000 per year for five years.
  • Professional mentorship with EECS faculty aligned with scholar’s degree.
  • Exposure to research experiences.
  • Opportunities to develop professional skills.
  • Participation in the learning community for SAGE-STEM scholars.

SAGE-STEM scholars must agree to:

  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Work towards an accelerated five-year degree plan, as approved by SAGE-STEM advisors.
  • Participate in SAGE-STEM activities, such as individual meetings, group meetings, workshops and other professional development activities.

Applicants to the SAGE-STEM program must have:

  • A minimum reported high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5.
  • A combined SAT score of at least 1200, with a score on the math section of at least 550 or a combined ACT score of at least 25.
  • Financial need (i.e., low income) as determined by the EFC of less than $6,206 as determined by the results of the FAFSA.
  • Full-time enrollment in an Embry-Riddle SAGE-STEM eligible undergraduate program at Daytona Beach Campus:

For continued eligibility, SAGE-STEM scholars must:

Applications submitted by the scholarship applicants must include the following in their application:

  • Signed statement of understanding of the program’s requirements and commitment to SAGE-STEM.
  • A personal statement that provides a compelling narrative addressing the applicant’s educational goals and motivation, their desire for a graduate degree, and their career aspirations.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers/instructors, supervisors or mentors who can describe the candidate’s strengths and merits.
  • High school transcript.

Please submit the application package to Dr. Omar Ochoa at

Due Dates

  • Ongoing until remaining scholarship funds terminate.

Contact Us

Please contact Dr. Omar Ochoa for additional information:

Phone: 386-226-7177

You may also contact one of the Embry-Riddle faculty below: