What is the STEM Student Scholarship?
The STEM Student Success Scholarship, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is a scholarship program to recruit and retain students in the targeted areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. The scholarship covers tuition and books for a year and may be renewed for an additional year if the applicant meets the scholarship eligibility and recipient obligations.
To be eligible for the STEM Student Success Scholarship, applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the completed FAFSA
- Be a US Citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident, or Admitted Refugee
- Pursue a degree program or transfer curriculum in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering.
- Demonstrate academic ability and potential as indicated by transcripts
- Have a minimum ACT composite of 21 (or minimum SAT of 1010)
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
How to Apply (Fall 2017)
- Complete the online application here. (The Fall 2017 Deadline to apply is March 23, 2017).
- Complete the FAFSA form (get assistance from COD staff if needed).
- Submit an unofficial transcript from COD or another college, or a high school transcript if the applicant is an incoming freshman.
In order to remain in good standing and renew the scholarship, applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Achieve a GPA of at least 2.75 by the end of the first year of college credit courses at COD (transfer students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the time they complete their studies at COD)
- Graduate with an AAS, AS, or AES degree - OR - continue at a four-year institution
- Sign a commitment to participate in all required events and activities in the program
- Continue to meet federal financial aid requirements
- Make satisfactory progress toward chosen degree
- Complete a survey and short essay reflecting on the program
- Participate in brief, periodic program evaluations (may be surveys or interviews)
Specific support systems are in place to ensure the success of students in this program. These support systems include:
STEM Student Success Coach – this person is the first line of support for students. The STEM Student Success Coach will work one on one with students on a regular basis to create strong connections between the student and the college, to monitor student academic progress, to create a sense of accountability, and to establish personal benchmarks for the student.
Guided Study Groups – specifically designed for the cohort members, these study groups will be formed for each of the STEM courses in which a need is perceived. They provide opportunities for student participants to learn from each other and faculty members in an informal learning setting and help to enhance study skills, content, and academic work habits specific to each course.
Learning Commons Tutors – dedicated tutors will be assigned to work with the STEM cohort in order to ensure academic support for those in the program.
Faculty Mentors – at least one faculty member for each discipline will serve as a mentor for the students, providing an open door for students to discuss career plans, ask questions, share experiences, and provide a personal connection to help students through difficult academic and life pressures.
Internships and Job Shadowing – a limited number of paid and unpaid internships as well as job shadowing opportunities
will be available through the program and Career Services.
About STEM Careers
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in Science and Engineering occupations will grow by 18.7% between 2010-2020, compared to just 14.3% growth for all occupations.* Here are some other benefits of choosing a STEM career:
The Science and Engineering workforce has shown sustained growth for more than half a century, with an average annual growth rate of 3.3% compared to 1.5% for the total workforce.*
STEM related jobs were more resilient during and after the 2007-2009 recession compared to overall employment.*
Engineering has the highest median earnings, yet less than 20% of students choose a STEM career path.^
In 2012, the median earnings for workers in STEM occupations (regardless of education level or field) were $78,270, which is more than double the median ($34,750) for all U.S. workers.*
For more information about this scholarship program, please contact:
Dr. Richard Jarman
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3333
STEM Outreach Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01B, (630) 942-3021
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
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