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STEM Scholars 2.0

DATE: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

STEM Scholarship application deadline is Aug. 1 for the Fall 2021 semester.

HCC professor Emily Rabinsky leads a biotechnology class in HCC's Center for Life Sciences.

Students enrolled full time in chemistry, biology, engineering, mathematics, physics or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College may qualify for a National Science Foundation scholarship of up to $10,000 a year toward tuition and fees.

Through HCC, the National Science Foundation Scholarship offers on average $6,500 per year to qualified full-time students and prorated amounts for part-time students. Incoming and current HCC students are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 semester is Aug. 1, 2021. 

Students chosen for the NSF scholarship become members of HCC's STEM Scholars 2.0 Program, also known as SCoRE (STEM Cohorts for Research & Engagement).  

The scholarships are possible thanks to a five-year, $1 million grant HCC received in 2020 from the National Science Foundation. This is the second time HCC has received an NSF grant for its STEM Scholars program. 

STEM Scholars are expected to maintain enrollment in a STEM program, be in good academic standing, complete an associate degree at HCC, and/or transfer to an accredited STEM degree program at a four-year institution. The scholarships are renewable every year students continue to meet the eligibility criteria. 

Beside the financial awards, STEM Scholars become part of a learning community that fosters a sense of belonging and academic success, and includes  mentoring, research, and honors experiences; community service; and internships. 

Eligibility guidelines for the National Science Foundation Scholarship in STEM can be viewed at hcc.edu/scholarship   

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines include biological sciences, physical sciences, math, computer and information services, geosciences, and engineering. 

The program is led by HCC math professor Ileana Vasu, coordinator of the STEM Scholars program. She can be reached at ivasu@hcc.edu or 413-552-2438.



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