FLINT – Students interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) field of study in college can potentially receive a four-year STEM degree tuition free. This is possible through a partnership between Mott Community College (MCC) and Michigan State University (MSU) as part of MCC’s new STEM Scholars program. The program launches this month and offers students pursuing a degree in a STEM, opportunities for scholarships, professional development and paid internships.
The STEM Scholars program is made possible through two, five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grants the College has received, the S-STEM Scholarship Program and the LSAMP Program.
“This STEM Scholars Program comes at a critical time, not only for our area, but for our country,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “There is a high- demand in the marketplace for more people pursuing degrees in STEM fields to ensure we can compete in a global economy,” she added.
The S-STEM Scholarship is an NSF grant-funded program enabling MCC to provide eligible students with a two-year associate’s degree tuition free. Students awarded an S-STEM Scholarship at MCC, and who are accepted to MSU’s College of Natural Sciences, are also eligible to apply for an additional two-year S-STEM Scholarship to complete their bachelor’s degree tuition free. S-STEM scholarships are awarded to academically talented, low-income students intending to pursue a STEM career.
The S-STEM Scholarship can be added to other scholarships or grant funding. Scholarships for tuition and books are also available on an ongoing basis for up to two consecutive years based on eligibility.
MCC is also part of a consortium of Michigan universities and community colleges that has been awarded a five-year, $4.25 million grant by the NSF to help increase participation and graduation rates among underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and math fields through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program.
“We are excited to be a part of the Michigan LSAMP Program, because it is aligned with our commitment to providing opportunities and support services that foster success for minority and underrepresented students,” said Walker-Griffea.
Through the program, community college students have the opportunity to participate in a summer bridge program between high school and their first year in community college, and then again the summer between community college and transfer to a four-year institution.
The Michigan LSAMP consortium (MI-LSAMP), includes the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, MCC, and Washtenaw Community College.
By applying to the STEM Scholars program at MCC, students may be eligible for one or both of these programs. To qualify, students must be enrolled at the College full-time, be pursuing a degree in a STEM field, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and participate in STEM Scholar activities.
A STEM Field is any discipline pertaining to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. This includes, but is not limited to astronomy, biology, chemistry/ biochemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics and physics. It does not include health sciences. – G.G.