Scholarship program

We are passionate about improving the quality of life around the world and strengthening the communities where our employees live and work. To increase access to higher education and to promote careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we launched the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation scholarship program. Through this program, we award 12 four-year scholarships of $2,500 per year ($10,000 in total) to high school seniors from either Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah or Puerto Rico or be a child (or in the guardianship) of an Edwards Lifesciences employee who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This program is supported by the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and managed by Scholarship America.

Due to COVID-19, we have simplified the application process to account for possible delays in school administration being unable to provide required documents, and we have extended the application window.

Scholarship criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a current high school senior residing in Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah or Puerto Rico or be a child (or in the guardianship) of an Edwards Lifesciences employee
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for scholarship renewal

Selection of scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Edwards Lifesciences or the foundation play a part in the selection.

Important dates

  • March 17, 2020 – Scholarship application available for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • May 26, 2020 – Application deadline (3:00 PM CT, 5:00 PM PT) – extended application window due to COVID-19 school closures
  • June 2020 – Scholarship recipients announced via U.S. mail
  • August 2020 – Scholarship awards mailed to students


Please direct all questions regarding this program to Scholarship America at (507) 931-1682 or

Click here to access the application and additional program information.

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