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NSF Scholarship in STEM

If you are enrolled full-time in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, or another STEM discipline at HCC, you may be eligible for a National Science Foundation Scholarship of up to $10,000 per year (the amount of the scholarship is determined by the student's FAFSA form). Recipients of the scholarship will be required to complete a one-credit STEM seminar and attend several STEM events during each semester in which they are enrolled in the program. Those chosen for this award will become a member of HCC's exciting STEM Scholars program. STEM Scholars are expected to maintain full-time enrollment in a STEM program, be in good academic standing (based on HCC's policies), complete an associate degree at HCC, and transfer to an accredited STEM degree program at a four-year institution.


A NSF S-STEM Scholarship recipient must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States, national of the United States, alien admitted as a refugee, or alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence
  2. Be enrolled in one of the following STEM programs: engineering, chemistry, physics or mathematics, biology, biotechnology, computer information systems, environmental science, or pre-veterinary
  3. Be enrolled full time (15 credit hours or at minimum 12 credit hours)
  4. Demonstrate academic talent based on a GPA of 2.7 or higher in high school or in courses completed at HCC (developmental courses will be included in GPA calculations)
  5. Demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA application
To Apply

Fill out the application form here. Please note that a complete application must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A personal essay describing your interest in STEM, career goals, why you would make a good candidate for this award, and what your plans are for accomplishing these goals
  • A copy of your most recent HCC transcript or most recent high school transcript (if entering HCC)
  • A copy of FAFSA and other financial aid documents
  • Two letters of reference from persons who can talk about your academic merit (at least one should be from a STEM teacher)
Criteria for Evaluation

Major consideration will be given to academic talent and potential as demonstrated by the applicant's GPA, transcripts, and recommendation letters. The applicant's participation in community activities (e.g., service learning, HCC student clubs, extra-curricular programs, and hobbies) will be evaluated for demonstration of interest, motivation, and commitment. Communication skills as demonstrated in the personal essay and in an interview with the STEM faculty, will also be considered. The amount awarded will be based on need determined by the student's FAFSA.


The deadline to apply is July 15, 2019, for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Questions? Contact Ileana Vasu at ivasu@hcc.edu or 413.552.2438.

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