Community College Scholarship Program

**CLOSED for applications**

The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $1,000 for students enrolled full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) at one of North Carolina's Community Colleges. Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA's mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

The goal of this scholarship opportunity is to encourage talented individuals to pursue studies in technical fields, math, engineering and the sciences. Students must apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year. The number of awards is contingent on available funding. This is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and State of North Carolina, with the following objectives:

  • Encouraging students engaged in associate degree programs who are preparing for careers in technology fields essential to America's industrial and technological competitiveness, particularly those with aerospace relevance;
  • Recognizing high academic achievement and promise;
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aeronautics, space and high-technology fields;
  • Implementing the goals of the NC Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Eligibility Requirements
The Community College STEM Scholarship applicant must be:

  • A permanent United States citizen
  • Enrolled full time in a NC Community College and have completed at least one year of college coursework (minimum of 12 credit hours)
  • Pursuing an Associate degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline
  • In good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

To Apply for a Community College STEM Scholarship, click HERE.

Applicants must click new user registration button to begin application
(Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the reference by February 7, 2014)
Awards will be announced by April 1, 2014

Interested students must complete an online application (see link above). Please read all program guidelines including applicant eligibility and reporting requirements before submitting your application. The application must be submitted online and all information must be complete or the application will not be reviewed. The key components of the application are discussed in more detail below.

  • Statement of your academic and career goal: a brief statement by the applicant relating to how his/her degree will help him/her prepare for a technical career in aerospace or a STEM field that will support NASA's mission. Indicate how plans for future academic preparation include pursuing an undergraduate four-year degree or beyond.
  • Letters of Recommendation: provide the names and contact information for one reference which must be the applicant's current faculty advisor. Letter of recommendation should assess the applicant's technical and/or academic potential as well as his/her progress and academic achievements. NC Space Grant will contact reference via email to request a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. Reference will be provided with a link to submit the recommendation. For the application to be complete, letter of recommendation must be submitted by the mentioned due date. NC Space Grant suggests that applicants contact the reference and inform them that they will receive an email requesting this information on their behalf (
  • Transcript: An unofficial transcript with all grades through fall semester 2013 is required and can be submitted as a PDF in the online application. If the applicant is selected to receive an award then an official transcript will be required at acceptance. If the applicant does not have a PDF conversion tool, links to free on-line PDF converters are provided in the application.

Awardee Requirements
Throughout the award period, the scholarship recipient will be required to complete a series of four interviews with faculty (Community College and University level) and technicians in their STEM area of interest.

At the completion of the award period, but no later than May 15, 2015, the scholarship recipient must submit a brief, written report on their experience as a NC Space Grant Community College STEM Scholar. The report should address:

  • Academic progress, including degree granted (if applicable)
  • The impact the award has made on plans to pursue future technical training or a baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Significant results of the recipient's experience (e.g. a list of presentations made, awards or honors)
  • Employment or future educational plans.

The scholarship recipient will be required to:

  • Provide a photo and biographical information upon selection;
  • Inform the Consortium of changes of address;
  • Respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys administered by NC Space Grant as required by NASA; and
  • Discuss his/her studies in public forums (as needed).

Disposition of Unused Funds
If an awardee terminates his/her academic program during the 2014-15 academic year, or does not maintain the eligibility requirements throughout the award period, the Scholarship will be forfeited.

For questions, please contact:
Jobi Cook, Associate Director
NC Space Grant
911 Oval Drive
Engineering Building III, Room 4171
NC State University
Campus Box 7515
Raleigh, NC 27695-7515
(919) 515-5933