National Science Foundation grant supporting USF’s fall science degree-seekers

May 1, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Saint Francis (USF) $600,000 to support students seeking bachelor degrees in science and mathematics beginning this fall semester.

The Roger Bacon Scholars Program, named for a 13th century English philosopher and Franciscan friar who emphasized the empirical study of nature, will be available to entering full-time freshmen in qualifying science and mathematics programs who show academic ability and financial need. Scholarships are to be used for tuition and fees.

The NSF award is yet more recent funding received by the university to provide ongoing support for science and mathematics students. A $1 million Steel Dynamics Foundation grant funding the university’s Steel Dynamics Foundation Scholars program also provides support for students interested in science and mathematics careers.

The NSF and other funding undergirds the university’s investment in education to provide the skilled workforce needed to attract businesses, drive economic development and keep talented graduates in Indiana.

The range of professions within the mathematics and science disciplines is broad and varied, with annual salaries ranging from the mid-$50,000s to $75,000 or more, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Among the many fields, BLS data shows a bright outlook for professions in chemistry, which can leverage a bachelor degree holder $73,000 annually, and mathematical scientists and technicians, with earning potential from $56,000-$57,000 per year.

The Roger Bacon Scholars Program will make the university’s rigorous education even more affordable, said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, J.P. Spagnolo. “Financial aid, scholarships and grants place our high quality experience within the reach of even more students,” Spagnolo said. “USF’s tuition is below that of other Indiana private colleges and universities already. To add to the value, USF contributes over $15 million in scholarships and need-based grants annually.”

For information on qualifying Roger Bacon Scholars Program degrees, application deadlines and the University of Saint Francis admission process, contact Spagnolo at (260) 399-7700, ext. 6314 or

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

Media Contacts

For all University-related matters, please contact:

Trois Hart
Associate Vice President of Marketing
T: 260.399.8050
C: 260.415.2401

Yvonne Schroeder
Director of Communication
T: 260.399.7700 ext. 6413

Sandie Phalen
Director of Marketing and Development
Crown Point
T: 219.488.8888 ext. 5421


Share this