Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship Program
Interested in a STEM career?
Carrying at least a 3.0 GPA?
You could qualify for a $10,000 scholarship at MCC! (up to $5,000/year, which is pretty much a full ride.) This is a needs-based scholarship open to all students.
Apply now for Fall 2018!
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through July 31, 2018. We strongly urge you to apply early—the process will close when positions are filled. We anticipate awarding 10-15 scholarships this year.
An important part of the program is to help students learn more about the wide range of career possibilities that exist in STEM fields, both locally and regionally. In addition to financial support, MCC students accepted into the STEM Scholarship Program will receive
- One-on-one guidance from a faculty member
- Personalized tutoring
- A professional mentor working in one of McHenry County's STEM industries
- Opportunities for research and internships.
MCC offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in STEM careers. These include two-year associate degree programs such as: robotics, engineering technology, mobile application development, and network security.
You can also earn an associate of science or engineering sciences degree, and then transfer to a four-year college to focus your studies in STEM fields such as biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, or physics.
- Be a citizen or national of the United States, an alien admitted as refugees, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
- Have a non-zero financial need according to the FAFSA system. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. The award amount cannot exceed your FAFSA need.
- Be a full-time student at MCC. (12 credits hours per semester)
- Enroll in special sections of MCC 101, English 151, and Philosophy 151; these are designated for MCC STEM Scholars.
- Complete all required activities, including meeting with mentors and advisors, attending STEM-related events such as talks or field trips, and completing surveys for program assessment.
- You must plan to declare a major in one of the following disciplines: automotive technology, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, engineering technology, horticulture, mathematics, mobile design and development, network security, physics, or robotics.
How to Apply
- Submit the 2018/19 FAFSA and designate MCC as the recipient (school code 007691). If you have submitted your FAFSA previously, you may return to FAFSA.gov and add MCC as a recipient.
- Apply to MCC
- Release your ACT or SAT scores to MCC
- Download and complete this STEM scholarship application
- Submit a letter of interest describing your interest in STEM studies, your commitment to achieving an associate degree in this area, and your continuing education after MCC. Please also discuss your long-term professional goals. Be as descriptive as possible. Your essay must 450 to 600 words, typed and double-spaced. Include your name, date, and "MCC STEM Scholarship" on all pages. Alternatively, you may submit a STEM-related poster you prepared or paper you wrote after completing a STEM project. This submission should make your passion for and abilities in STEM clear to the scholarship committee.
- Submit one letter of recommendation from an instructor in a STEM discipline. You complete the top portion of the Letter of Recommendation form in the application. Ask the instructor to complete the bottom portions and then place the form in a sealed and signed envelope before giving it back to you to include with your application.
- Submit all completed scholarship application documents to STEM Scholarship Program, B252 Math and Science Office, McHenry County College, 8900 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
The scholarships are made possible by grant award #1742147 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the grant is to increase the number of academically talented students with significant financial need to have the opportunity to obtain degrees in STEM fields, and to improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians through innovative partnerships and student programs.
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