Become a STEM Scholar 

Students selected to become a STEM Scholar will receive a scholarship, renewable each semester, provided that a minimum 3.0 GPA and full-time progress towards their STEM degree is maintained.  The amount of the award varies by student as determined by the Financial Aid office using information reported through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with maximum awards reaching $5,000 per semester. The goal of the scholarship is to offer students the opportunity to avoid taking out student loans or working an outside job to pay for college so that time can be focused on maintaining academic success.

STEM Scholars will also have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of academic and support services including faculty mentors, peer mentors, career and transfer workshops, summer research opportunities, etc. In addition, STEM Scholars in their 2nd year of attendance may apply to serve as a peer mentor to incoming STEM Scholars, earning additional funds on an hourly basis.

Do I qualify?

  1. We welcome applications from students of all ages/races/ethnicities. Qualified applicants:
  2. Must have applied and been accepted to OCC for the upcoming academic year
  3. Must complete their FAFSA and New York State TAP applications for the incoming academic year; applications are due by March 1, 2015 in order for their application to be considered complete and eligible for review.
  4. Must have unmet financial aid need (as determined by the Financial Aid office)
  5. Must be an incoming student enrolling full-time in one of the STEM degree programs listed below: 
    • Computer Information Systems (CIS.AAS)
    • Environmental Technology (ENV.AAS)
    • Computer Science (CSC.AS)
    • Engineering Science (ENS.AS)'
    • Computer Forensic Science (CFS.AS)
    • Math & Science Liberal Arts (MTS.AS)
    • Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT. AAS)
    • Nuclear Technology (NET.AAS)
    • Mechanical Technology (MET.AAS) 

How do I keep the scholarship each semester?

In order to maintain their scholarship from one semester to the next, STEM Scholars must:

  • Earn a 3.0 GPA (or higher) each semester
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA (or higher) overall
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in courses related to their STEM degree program

In addition, STEM Scholars will be asked to complete required, periodic surveys to assist the college in documenting the success of the STEM Scholars Program to our National Science Foundation funding agency. 

During the semester, STEM Scholars are encouraged, when possible, to refrain from outside employment obligations, thus enhancing their ability to take advantage of research experiences, faculty mentoring, workshops, and other activities available during the academic year. Summer STEM research, internships and/or work experiences (both paid and unpaid) are encouraged. Returning STEM scholars will also be eligible to serve as tutors and mentors for new, incoming STEM scholars.

How do I apply? 

Applications for incoming Fall 2015 students are now being accepted!  Please follow this link STEM Scholar Application and complete all questions asked.  The deadline for submitting an application is March 1, 2015.  Review of applications will begin following this date.  

Reminder: applicants must also complete their FAFSA and TAP applications by March 1, 2015 in order for their STEM Scholars application to be considered complete. 

For questions or more information, contact Maryann Page (Principal Investigator for the STEM Scholar’s program; Associate Professor of Biology) at .

The STEM Scholars program is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1259441.