The Frederick Community College (FCC) STEM Scholars Program helps students with academic talent and financial need make a full-time commitment to achieving their academic and career goals in STEM fields.
STEM Scholars is designed to serve students with little or no prior college-level experience and offers participants substantial financial support, training, and mentoring needed to be successful in STEM careers. The program will consist of 3 cohorts of 10 students starting in Fall 2020, Fall 2021, and Fall 2022.
FCC STEM Scholars is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Eligibility details and additional information are below.
Who May Apply
To be eligible for the STEM Scholars Program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Student must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Permanent Resident Alien, or Refugee Alien.
- Student must declare their major in one of the following FCC STEM disciplines:
- Biology A.S.
- Biotechnology A.A.S.
- Chemistry A.S.
- Computer Aided Design A.A.S.
- Computer Science A.S.
- Cybersecurity A.A.S.
- Data Science A.A.S.
- Engineering A.S.
- Game and Simulation Development A.A.S.
- Health Information Technology A.A.S.
- Information Systems Management A.A.S.
- Information Technology Specialist A.A.S.
- Mathematics A.S.
- Network Engineering A.S.
- Software Engineering A.S.
- STEM A.S.
- STEM Technology A.A.S.
- Student must demonstrate financial need by being eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, as determined by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Student should have at least a 2.75 High School GPA or may demonstrate academic merit through other measures such as SAT or Advanced Placement scores, relevant work or research experience, etc.
- Student must maintain full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 credits per semester).
- Student must enroll in the one credit STEM Success Seminar during each semester of participation.
STEM Scholars is designed to serve first time college students, including students who have earned dual enrollment and other college credit while still in high school. STEM Scholars will allow students to transfer in up to 30 college credits.
How to Apply
All applicants must:
- Submit FAFSA to demonstrate financial need by March 1st for the following Fall semester.
- PLEASE NOTE: The School Code for FCC is 002071 (Step 6 of FAFSA)
- You will need specific income information, such as completed tax forms, to complete the FAFSA. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Federal Processor at 1.800.433.3243 or FCC Financial Aid at 301.846.2480.
- Apply for admission to Frederick Community College if not an existing student.
- Submit the following STEM Scholars application materials to email@example.com
- Completed STEM Scholars Application (need to hyperlink)
- Official High School, GED, and/or College Transcripts
- Essay (approximately 500 words, typed, double-spaced, in a 12 point font). Essay should be written by the applicant and include a vision statement, the student’s academic and career plans, personal aspirations and motivations for pursuing a STEM degree, and why they are a good fit for the program.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
- One from a STEM instructor
- One from a STEM instructor, Guidance Counselor, or STEM Professional
- Demonstrate college readiness in Math and English.
Deadline: Applications are accepted at any point prior to the start of the Fall semester. For best consideration, applications are due by March 1st for the following Fall semester.
Students accepted into the STEM Scholars Program will receive the following benefits:
- Eligible for up to a $6,500 scholarship per year for up to two years, with a lifetime max of $13,000
- Invited to participate in FCC’s Honors College
- Assigned a faculty mentor for biweekly meetings to provide academic advising, identify long-term goals, and celebrate student successes
- Participation in a sequence of 4 one-credit seminars focused on becoming a successful STEM student, learning about different STEM fields, and skills needed to successfully transfer and apply for work within STEM
- Share STEM experiences with a cohort of other FCC STEM Scholars
Program Information & Expectations
Once accepted into the program, students may participate for up to two years as long as the student continues to meet the following:
- Students must be full time (at least 12 credits per semester and 30 credits per academic year)
- Students must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 discipline GPA
- Students must regularly attend meetings with assigned mentors
- Students must participate in one STEM professionalization seminar per semester
- Students are strongly encouraged to participate in STEM Scholars sponsored events and academic and career development workshops
- Students are encouraged to participate in FCC’s Honors College
- Students agree to give permission to FCC to report information about choice of major, academic progress, etc. to NSF. No personally identifiable information (PII) data will be shared.
- When is the STEM Scholars application due?
Applications are accepted at any point prior to the start of the Fall semester. For best consideration, applications are due by March 1st for the following Fall semester.
- What credits can be transferred in?
Students will be able to transfer up to a maximum of thirty credits into the program, including credits earned as part of the Dual Enrollment Program.
- How many years are students eligible for the program?
Students are eligible to participate in the program for up to 2 years.
- What academic programs are eligible?
Students must declare their major in one of the following FCC STEM disciplines: Biology A.S., Biotechnology A.A.S., Chemistry A.S., Computer Aided Design A.A.S., Computer Science A.S., Cybersecurity A.A.S., Data Science A.A.S., Engineering A.S., Game and Simulation Development A.A.S., Health Information Technology A.A.S., Information Systems Management A.A.S., Information Technology Specialist A.A.S., Mathematics A.S., Network Engineering A.S., Software Engineering A.S., STEM A.S., or STEM Technology A.A.S.
- Can you participate in program opportunities, such as seminars and workshops, if you are not accepted?
Program opportunities are open to all STEM majors.
- Can you receive other forms of financial aid alongside the STEM scholarship?
Students are eligible for other forms of aid. Students will receive a STEM Scholars scholarship worth up to $6,500 per year for up to two years, in addition to PELL and any other aid the student may be eligible for, up to a total of $13,000 per year.
- What can the STEM scholarship award funds be used towards?
Scholarship funds are unrestricted and are intended to help support a student's cost of living so that they can focus on their academic coursework.
- What data will be shared with NSF?
Need to check reporting requirements.
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