Community College STEM Scholarship Program

Deadline to submit application: FEBRUARY 25, 2015

As part of the Strengthening the NCSG Partnership with the NCCCS to Enhance STEM-Based Learning program, NC Space Grant (NCSG) is offering a competitive scholarship opportunity for community college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines at any campus in the NC Community College System (NCCCS). These $5,000 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit.

The Community College STEM Scholarship award will provide students with $5,000 in their sophomore year (fall semester 2015/spring semester 2016) as long as the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and meets other requirements of the award. This scholarship is based on academic merit and potential for successful matriculation into a 4-year degree program.  Awards will be distributed at the end of each semester pending the submission of required reports/projects.

Underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Community College STEM Scholarship Goals:

  • To foster community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution
  • Promoting STEM career awareness and workplace skills while recognizing high academic achievement and promise
  • Increasing participation of all students, including underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities, in STEM-related careers

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a freshman at time of application and during spring 2015 semester.  Applicants are required to have documentation of completion of at least 9 credit hours of college coursework prior to applying.
  • Must plan to be enrolled full-time at a NC Community College during the award period with an anticipated graduation date in spring or fall 2016.
  • Must be enrolled in a STEM program of study or AAS transfer degree program.  Students majoring in allied health fields are not eligible for the Community College STEM Scholarship program.
  • At the time of application, transcripts from high school and any higher education institutions attended will be required and applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average each semester during the scholarship award period.
  • Meet award requirements such as campus interviews and attendance at the NCSG Annual Student Symposium.

Application Timeline:
Applications are due by February 25, 2015.  Awards will be announced in April 2015 with funding provided directly to students beginning with the fall semester 2015.

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

Jobi Cook, Associate Director, NC Space Grant;; 919-515-5933

Required Application Components:

  • Statement of academic and career goals – a brief written statement by the applicant describing the reasons for his/her desire to enter a profession in a STEM field. The applicant must indicate his/her plans for future academic preparation including pursuing an undergraduate four-year degree or beyond. Technicians entering the workforce should describe their employment and career goals and any plans for continuing education including attending a four-year institution.
  • Plan of Study – applicants will submit their program curriculum with classes identified as completed or in progress. Applicants will also submit planned courses until graduation.
  • Screen Shot of Current Community College Schedule for Fall 2014/Spring 2015 (uploaded with application)
  • Letters of Recommendation - provide the names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s potential as well as his/her progress and academic achievements. The online application system will contact both references via email to request a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. We suggest that you inform both of your references that they will receive an email from the NCSG in reference to your application. Your references will be provided with a link to submit their recommendations. NCSG must receive both recommendations by the deadline for your scholarship application to be complete.


Transcripts are required of all applicants to validate eligibility and for review during the selection process. Applicant will need to obtain a transcript directly from their high school and scan and upload a PDF version when completing the online application.  Unofficial transcripts or official transcripts are accepted at time of application.

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Applicants without recent high school transcripts such as students completing a GED or home-schooled students should submit a detailed description of academic preparation and any certificates, diplomas, or other achievements received within the online application system. Non-traditional students with a significant gap since attending prior formal education should describe recent work experience, other professional and personal development, and other factors to describe academic and workforce preparation.

Administrative and Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients:

  • Awardees are required to complete the following:
    • Four interviews with faculty from 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities that are in STEM fields AND/OR individuals who work in STEM industry.
    • Personal video (2 minute) stating “Why I am in a STEM Education and Career Pathway” for posting on the NC Community College System and NC Space Grant websites.
  • Awardees are required to participate in the NCSG Annual Student Symposium to be held in late November 2015 in conjunction with the State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium.  Students are expected to use the scholarship award to help offset travel costs.  Awardees will be notified of location at time of award. Attendees from outside the region should be prepared to fund one night lodging and transportation costs to the Conference. Participation includes attendance and active involvement throughout the entire symposium.
  • Awardees must provide a head-shot photo and biographical information upon selection.
  • Awardees must inform NCSG of any changes in contact information including email, phone, or address.
  • Awardees must immediately notify the NCSG of any change in enrollment or academic status during the award period.
  • Awardees should plan to respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys administered by NCSG as required by NASA.
  • Awardees may also be asked to share experiences in public forums, classroom presentations, and professional meetings. Presentations that encourage interest in STEM careers and research to high school students are of particular interest to NCSG.

Scholarship Timeline (Academic Year 2015-2016):

  • First scholarship installment of $2,500 will be disseminated directly to the student after the completion of all fall semester scholarship requirements and participation in the NC Space Grant Annual Student Symposium – December 2015.
  • Second scholarship installment of $2,500 will be disseminated directly to the student after the completion of all spring semester scholarship requirements – April 2016.
  • More information and details about scholarship installments will be provided at the time of award.