NSF S-STEM SCHOLARSHIP
Start your engineering career with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM Scholarship!
The S-STEM CARES @ CCU Engineering Scholarship program aims to support high-achieving, low-income undergraduate engineering science majors with demonstrated financial need. The S-STEM CARES program will provide a renewable, last-dollar scholarship (up to $15,000 after all other grants and scholarships have been taken into account) to *eligible incoming first-year students who have applied to CCU for Fall 2024 and are majoring in Engineering Science through graduation (up to eight semesters of support).
During their time in the program, scholars will participate in various activities in support of their studies and career aspirations, such as a summer bridge program, mentoring from peers, faculty, and later, job-site mentors, specialized course schedules for introductory courses, and early, paid research and internship experiences. This program is funded through the National Science Foundation S-STEM grant (FAIN 2325921).
Thank you for your interest in S-STEM CARES @ CCU. Incoming students may apply for the CARES scholarship program in Fall 2024. Six selected students will participate in an enhanced welcome week, a summer bridge program focused on math-readiness and engineering design, reside on-campus together in specialized housing, and take many of the same introductory classes together.
If you plan to major in Engineering Science, intend to start a career in engineering, either by obtaining a job in industry after graduation or going to graduate school for an advanced degree, have demonstrated financial need, and are excited for academic and career support for your success in engineering, this may be the program for you!
What is Expected of Scholars?
To remain in the program, CARES Scholars must maintain the following:
- Live in residential communities operated by University Housing during the summer bridge and first two full academic years.
- A declared major in Engineering Science at CCU. All concentrations in Engineering Science are eligible.
- Full-time student status with a minimum semester GPA of 2.0/4.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0.
- Be on track to graduate in four years and intend to enter the engineering workforce. Intent to enter the engineering workforce means that you want to either a) obtain a job in industry or government in engineering or b) go to graduate school in an engineering field after graduation.
- Students are expected to participate in all CARES program activities that are provided for Scholars as part of the program.
*See the complete list of activities below. *
Scholars accepted into the program will participate in the following:
- Enhanced orientation week with fellow scholars and CCU S-STEM Program Team
- Cohort housing with fellow scholars
- Summer bridge program courses in mathematics and engineering design
- Cohort scheduling of courses with fellow scholars
- First-year research experience with other students in the major to foster peer interactions
- Peer and faculty mentoring throughout the eight semesters
- Early internship employment in the summer as a rising sophomore
- Mentoring by a job-site supervisor during the internship
Application To-Do List
Determine your potential eligibility. If you answer *yes *to the following questions, you are eligible to apply to the CARES Scholars program.
- Are you an incoming first-year student who has applied to CCU for Fall 2024* start?
- Will you declare a major in Engineering Science?
- Do you intend to enter the engineering workforce? Intent to enter the engineering workforce means that you want to either a) obtain a job in industry or government in engineering or b) go to graduate school in an engineering field after graduation.
- Do you aspire to do well academically?
- Do you have demonstrated financial need (are you Pell-eligible)? This last question may be difficult to answer. The best way to determine this is by filling out the FAFSA; see the information below.
- Confirm Financial Eligibility
- Complete the application. ***Applications for Fall 2024 are now open*. Please click here to apply!
*Complete the FAFSA at this link*
Note: Completing the FAFSA is NOT an acceptance of financial aid. It is the determination of eligibility for financial aid. You will receive details on your specific financial aid offer and how to accept it only after determining eligibility. Likewise, completing the FAFSA is important in confirming whether you are eligible for the S-STEM program (up to eight semesters of support). Find information about filling out the FAFSA at the CCU Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact Dr. George Hitt, department chair for the Department of Physics and Engineering Science, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the FAFSA, please contact the CCU Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at email@example.com or 800-277-7000, extension 2313.
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