STEM students at Donnelly College. Science Technology, Engineering, Math. Donnelly programs such associate degrees, bachelor's degrees such as business leadership and information systems and information technology or nursing programs. Students get scholarships and financial aid at Donnelly which helps to make Donnelly the most affordable private college in Kansas or Missouri.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Donnelly College

Three of the five fastest-growing segments of the Kansas City economy are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--the architecture and engineering industry, the computer industry and the life sciences industry (Mid-America Regional Council, 2014). While the demand for STEM career fields is high, so is the pay. Some STEM tracks can earn up to $3.4 million more than other college majors (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, McCourt School of Public Policy: The Economic Value of College Majors, 2015).  

Despite the growing need for STEM professionals, just 14 percent of graduates from associate and bachelor’s degree programs in our region are earning STEM degrees. Donnelly wants to change that. We offer academic programs and clubs/organizations with a STEM focus. These opportunities prepare our students to become the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and leaders in STEM fields.   

Graphic showing engineering program starts at Donnelly and finishes at UMKC

Pre-Engineering Program

Pathways to Engineering Careers (PEC) is a cooperative program of Donnelly College and the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The PEC program is designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UMKC. Admitted students would enroll at Donnelly in a structured pre-engineering program that will transfer seamlessly into UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering. This program is targeted to students with an interest in and aptitude for engineering, who need to boost their math and science readiness before transitioning to UMKC.


  • High-quality academic instruction and mentoring from outstanding Donnelly and UMKC faculty
  • Scholarship support
  • Free academic tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction in STEM courses
  • STEM service learning activities and STEM Club
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Summer STEMBridge programs

Project S4

Project S4 is a Donnelly College initiative providing students interested in STEM fields with Scholarships and Supports for STEM Success. Students in Project S4 receive numerous benefits from the first day of college until they receive their degree.

Which Programs Qualify?

STEM-related associate degrees prepare you to transfer to another 4-year institution for STEM majors such as Computer Science, Engineering or Biology

Scholarship Support

Project S4 offers a $2,000/semester need-based scholarship throughout the National Science Foundation (need is defined by FAFSA)

  • Renewable each semester through graduation as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA in STEM courses
  • Both incoming freshmen and transfer students may qualify; associate degree students must be incoming freshmen
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall or a STEM GPA of at least 2.5 from high school or transfer institution
  • Students receiving scholarship support must maintain full-time student status (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) and participate in all required Project S4 activities

Academic and Support Services

  • Free tutoring
  • Shared core courses with fellow S4 scholars
  • Supplemental Instruction in challenging courses
  • STEM service learning activities
  • Donnelly STEM club

How to Participate

  • Project S4 students must be US citizens, US nationals, permanent residents or refugees
  • For prospective students, visit with an Admissions Counselor by emailing them or call (913) 621-8706 
    • Apply for admission to Donnelly College
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Submit a scholarship application, personal statement and letter of support from a faculty member or high school teacher
  • For current students, see your Academic Advisor


Do you have an interest in a STEM field? If so, Donnelly College invites you to participate in STEM Camp! Over this two-day experience, you will have hands-on classroom and laboratory learning experiences.

Need more information? Contact:

Ana Lia Maradiaga

Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Assistant Professor