Taiylor R. Nunn STEM Scholarship

In 2022, Friends of ISM introduced The Taiylor R. Nunn Scholarship which was donated by The Nunn Family in honor of their daughter, Taiylor Nunn who is an ISM alumna, to support ISM’s commitment to gender and race diversity. 

Born in Albany, New York Taiylor has lived in many places in the US and Canada but spent several years in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  Minnesota quickly became one of her favorite places to live and it’s also where she discovered her love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Taiylor studied at The International School of Minnesota (ISM) during her middle school years before moving to Connecticut to attend high school. She then went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then joined the Master’s of Public Health program at Boston University and graduated with an MPH with concentrations in Epidemiology & Biostatistics.  Taiylor has started her medical school journey at University of Queensland Ochsner School of Medicine. 

Taiylor credits her deep love for science and foundational education to ISM and the teachers from whom she learned. This scholarship will allow for students to have the ability to access a top-quality level of education. 

Inaugural Year Recipients
In its first year, two winners Laura Odeh ('25) and Saher Iqbal ('26), were awarded $5,000 toward their cost of tuition. Both students wrote compelling essays about their passion for STEM and their dedication to pursuing education in a STEM-related field. Their ability to convey their interest in STEM and how it is driving them towards their future goals was inspiring. 


Are you a good candidate for the Taiylor R. Nunn Scholarship?
An applicant should be going into grade 9-12 in the 2024-2025 academic year.  They should have a particular passion for STEM and whose gender and/or racial identity is under-represented in STEM. International students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

Award Detail:
Two students will receive a $5,000 award.  There will be two scholarship winners for the 2024-2025 school year, with both awarded in a single application round this spring. Families who have already paid tuition would be refunded the scholarship amount. 

How to Apply:

1. Applicants must write a 500 word essay on your passion for STEM. Applicants are encouraged to describe their current experience and interest in STEM and how they would apply this interest/passion for the future.
2. If your essay is above 500 words you will be notified that it will not be read and given an opportunity to resubmit. 
3. Please use Times New Roman in 12 point font.
4. Applicants must have a minimum academic average of 82 for eligibility. 
5. Applicants should not use ChatGPT 

Send your essay to for consideration. 

Review and Selection: 
The review process will be blind; readers of your essay will not know who wrote it.  Essays will be read by a group of volunteers that could comprise of lower-school teachers, ISM alumni, and ISM lower-school parents (without children in middle or upper school).  

The review committee will select the four strongest essays and provide them to the Nunn family, who will determine the winners. 


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If you would like to make a contribution to the Taiylor R. Nunn STEM Scholarship you may send a check made out to Friends of ISM and mail it to 6385 Beach Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or you may contact to discuss other arrangements.