Become a STEM Scholar
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
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?
- We welcome applications from students of all
applied and been accepted to OCC for the upcoming academic year
- Must complete
their FAFSA and New York State TAP applications for the incoming academic year
- Must have
unmet financial aid need (as determined by the Financial Aid office)
- 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
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
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?
The application deadline for Fall 2014 has passed. Please check back for info on the next application opportunity.
For questions or more
information, contact Maryann Page (Principal Investigator for the STEM
Scholar’s program; Associate Professor of Biology) at email@example.com.
The STEM Scholars program is supported by the National Science
Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1259441.