Valpo STEM Scholarships

Apply for an EPIC scholarship to join a supportive community, have research opportunities as early as your first year, and other excellent experiences at Valpo! #BeEPIC #GoValpo

STEM majors thrive at Valpo!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are expected to grow 8% in the next decade! STEM employees also earn, on average, almost a third more than their non-STEM counterparts.

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #2129206), Valparaiso University and NSF are combining efforts to provide opportunity and support to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM. The goal of the EPIC Scholarship Program is to help diversify the population contributing to science, technology, and mathematics fields beyond college.

Any prospective Valpo student intending to major in one of the following areas is encouraged to apply for the EPIC Scholarship Program:

First-generation students, students with minoritized identities, low-income students, students who plan to commute, and women are especially encouraged to apply.

What You Get From EPIC

EPIC students receive:

  • A scholarship up to $5,300 per year, renewable for up to 4 years,
  • The opportunity to participate in a research group beginning the first year,
  • A faculty mentor as an excellent resource for navigating college life,
  • Career development opportunities to plan for life after Valpo graduation,
  • A cohort of other students with similar interests, and
  • Social and educational activities including an annual retreat, monthly gatherings, field trips, and more!

How To Apply For EPIC

For prospective students who are interested in joining us at Valpo in August 2022:

  1. Apply online here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spots are filled.
  2. Complete your application for admission to Valpo (valpo.edu/apply) no later than the date you apply for EPIC.
  3. Since the EPIC scholarship considers financial need, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov no later than the date you apply for EPIC.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Dr. Kristi Bugajski or Assistant Dean Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert at epic@valpo.edu.

OUTSTANDING RESEARCH FACILITIES - Glass Light Installation in the Center for the Sciences at Valparaiso University

Outstanding Research Facilities

Center for the Sciences and Neils Science Center

The stunning Center for the Sciences contains wet labs and state-of-the-art instrumentation for chemistry, biochemistry, and biology. Recently renovated Neils Science Center provides updated space for the biology microscopy, molecular, and cadaver laboratories.

Gellersen Center for Mathematics

Mathematics, statistics, and data science students take advantage of research groups and other experiential learning beginning in the first year in this versatile space.

Kallay-Christopher Hall

Geography, environmental science, and meteorology students work with excellent instrumentation in the Weather Center, Geographic Applications Laboratories, and more.



No matter which career Valpo students are pursuing, they graduate with critical thinking skills and a deep understanding of the scientific process. From the first year, Valpo Biology engages students’ curiosity and allowing you to see yourself as a scientist. After all, science isn’t a set of facts — it is a method for discovery.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Valpo chemistry students explore the fundamental nature of matter, investigate changes in energy, and identify properties accompanying compositional changes in matter. Chemistry students also get to participate in a number of chemistry-related opportunities for service, community-building, and the application of classroom knowledge. All EPIC students have the opportunity to present their research both on- and off-campus.

EPIC Student Cody Packer works on Computer Science research with

Computer Science

Valpo computer science students work closely with their professors to build skills at the heart of computer science: analyzing and understanding processes. This solid grounding in the logic, science, and design of computing prepares you for the future of technology regardless of what new languages, operating systems, and applications emerge.

Gabe Fragoso - EPIC Student - Participating in a Math Club Event for Data Science, Mathematics, and Statistics

Data Science, Mathematics, and Statistics

Valpo data science, mathematics, and statistics students discover the elegant power of mathematics and statistics. An inclusive approach, flexible programs, and a welcoming faculty ensure that students master quantitative and communication skills that serve them well for the rest of their lives.

Environmental Science and Physical Geography

Students who study Environmental Science or Physical Geography at Valpo get equipped for the global challenges of the 21st century. These are hands-on fields, and Valpo’s programs emphasize practical experience. You get to use the diverse environment around Valpo and beyond as your classroom and lab.

EPIC Student Brayden Pollvogt and Others on a Geography/Environmental Science Field Trip


Valpo meteorology students get to use digital tools that help map and analyze atmospheric data, weather balloons, Doppler radar, a storm-chasing vehicle and equipment, and more as they determine their future career path. At Valpo, you’d even get to be an important contributor to the National Weather Service’s Skywarn program while gaining real-world experience as an active member of one of the meteorology student organizations.

Just Fun

Monthly, EPIC students get together just for fun! EPIC students are also supported and encouraged to enjoy co-curricular Student Life activities of interest outside of class and research.