Arapahoe Community College (ACC) was recently awarded a $463,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for students with financial need who are interested in studying in the STEM disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics and math. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The grant will allow the College to provide STEM scholarships to 25 students per semester for the next four years and aims to improve educational opportunities for STEM students, increase the retention of STEM students to degree achievement and/or transfer, and enhance student support programs for STEM students. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000 each fall and spring semester while they are enrolled at the College.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about one-third of fourth graders and one-fifth of eighth graders cannot perform basic mathematical computations, and U.S. high school seniors recently tested below the international average for 21 countries in mathematics and science. As a result, fewer American students than ever before are graduating from college with math and science degrees.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be enrolled full-time in a STEM-related degree program. In addition, the scholarship advisory team will evaluate applicants based on financial need, high school GPA, ACT score, a personal letter detailing their interest in STEM areas, and a letter of recommendation from a STEM professional or teacher/faculty member.
“ACC is the only higher education institution in Colorado to receive this prestigious award through the current round of funding,” said Linda Comeaux, dean of Health, Sciences & Engineering at ACC. “The STEM professions are very critical to our country’s future and ACC is committed to providing our future leaders the best education possible.”
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. ACC was previously awarded a $476,000 grant from the foundation in 2008 to provide potential workers in the IT field employability skills.
For more information about the STEM scholarships or to obtain an application, go to ACCSTEMScholars@arapahoe.edu or call Nia Bauer at 303.797.5713.