AWARD CRITERIA FOR THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
SCHOLARSHIPS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS (S-STEM) LCCC PASS PROGRAM – PATHWAY TO ACHIEVEMENT FOR STEM SCHOLARS
A student receiving an S-STEM scholarship funded by the National Science Foundation must:
• Be a U.S. citizen, national, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien;
• Be enrolled full-time (registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester) in one of the following associate degree programs:
|Biology||Electrical Engineering Technology|
|Chemical Technology||Electronics Technology|
|Computer Forensics and Security||Environmental Science|
|Computer Game & Simulation—Digital Arts||Geospatial Technology|
|Computer Game & Simulation—Programming||Industrial Automation|
|Computer Generated Animation/Digital Arts||Manufacturing Technology|
|Computer Generated Interactive Design||Mathematics|
|Computer Information Systems||Mechanical Engineering Technology|
|Computer Science||Mechanical Technology|
|Computer Specialist—Programming||Nanofabrication Technology|
|Computer Specialist—Network Technology||Natural Science—Horticulture/Plant Science|
|Computer Specialist—Web Design & Dev||Natural Science—Life Science|
|Drafting and Design||Natural Science—Physical Science|
• Demonstrate financial need defined by the U.S. Department of Education rules for federal financial aid;
• Demonstrate academic potential or ability through:
- Scores on the SAT, ACT, PSSA, or LCCC’s COMPASS test for new students enteringthe PASS program
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale for current LCCC students enteringthe PASS program
- GPA of 2.8 or greater by the end of the first semester in the PASS program and 3.0 orgreater by the end of the second semester and throughout the second year in the PASS program to maintain eligibility
Procedures to Apply for a Scholarship:
• Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to follow the online instructions for obtaining a PIN number for you, or your parent, to sign the electronic application.
• Complete and submit the S-STEM application and Data Form found at LCCC’s Admissions Office (AD 107), Financial Aid Office (AD 123), or on-line, www.lccc.edu/STEM.
• Submit a short essay (no more than one page) on your reasons for choosing your desired area of study with a description of your educational and career goals.
• The completed S-STEM application and Data Form and Essay can be submitted directly to Mr. John Loughman (place in his mailbox in the Mail Room in AD 132) by the applicable deadline.
• Deadline: June 1 for fall semester or December 1 for spring semester.
Eligibility for the S-STEM scholarship cannot be determined until the results of the FAFSA are received and verified by the Office of Financial Aid. Scholarships will be based on unmet financial need, with the maximum scholarship capped at $5,000 per year ($2,500 per semester) until a terminal degree is attained or up to 4 consecutive semesters, (grants for more than four semesters or additional degrees may be available with committee approval).
To remain eligible, a student must:
- continue to be enrolled full-time in an eligible program
- attain a GPA of 2.8 or greater by the end of the first semester in the PASS program and aGPA of 3.0 or greater by the end of the second semester in the PASS program
- maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater in the second year of the PASS program
- participate in at least 75% of the STEM scholarship PASS program activities/themes.(participation will be monitored through entries in the scholarship recipient’s portfolio)
Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 in the first or second semester will be considered on probation and will be required to seek academic assistance through the Educational Support Center.
A student who receives a scholarship for the fall semester and maintains eligibility will be automatically granted a scholarship for the spring semester. Students who withdraw or lose their eligibility during the year will have the remainder of their scholarship awarded to other eligible students. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year. Students must reapply each academic year by submitting the FAFSA and S-STEM scholarship application.