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NSF Scholarship in STEM

NSF STEM Scholars 2.0 Program: SCoRE (STEM Cohorts for Research & Engagement)

If you are a STEM student, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship in STEM and become part of our new and exciting STEM learning community! 

Students enrolled full-time or part-time at HCC and majoring in engineering, biology, computer science, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, physics, or another STEM discipline may be eligible for a National Science Foundation scholarship of approximately $6,500 per year for FT students and $3,250 for PT students (the amount of the scholarship is determined by the student's FAFSA form).

Recipients of the scholarship are required to complete a one-credit STEM seminar each semester and attend several exciting STEM events during each semester in which they are enrolled in the program. This is part of a $1 million grant from the NSF to support students in STEM from 2020-2025.

Those chosen for this award will become members of HCC's STEM Scholars 2.0 Program. STEM Scholars are expected to maintain 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.

Students selected for the program will have their scholarship renewed each year they are HCC, provided the eligibility and timeline for being in the program conditions are met.


A NSF S-STEM Scholarship recipient must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States, a national of the United States, an alien admitted as a refugee, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
  2. Be enrolled in an eligible STEM program at least half-time at HCC;
  3. Demonstrate academic talent based on a GPA of 2.7 or higher in high school work or in work at HCC (developmental courses will be included in GPA calculations);
  4. Demonstrate financial need, based on COA minus the EFC. This information will be obtained from the FAFSA application and verified by the HCC financial aid office;
  5. Offer assurance that they will enroll and attend at least 3⁄4 of the meetings of the one-credit STEMinar connected with the scholarship

Fill out the application here.

Please note that an 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
  • Assurance that your most recent HCC transcript or most recent high school transcript (if entering HCC) is either available in Online Services or has been submitted to HCC
  • Assurance that you have submitted FAFSA and other financial aid documents
  • Two letters of reference from persons who can speak to your academic merit (at least one should be from a STEM teacher)

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 and whether the student is FT or PT.


The deadline to apply is September 4, 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards will be made by the first day of classes, September 8, 2020.


Contact Ileana Vasu at ivasu@hcc.edu.

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Ileana Vasu

Chair, Mathematics

Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Frost 392

413.552.2438 (Tel)