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NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Cañada College’s Mathematics, Science and Engineering Transfer Scholarships (M-SETS) program will provide 140 scholarship awards to academically talented, financially needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university to complete an undergraduate degree in an engineering, math or science major.  M-SETS awards will be offered for up to three years of full-time academic study at Cañada College and in the first semester that a student transfers to a 4-year university.   

The scholarship program will provide a unique opportunity for low-income students to focus full-time on their studies and fully benefit from a support system provided through Cañada College’s Math, Engineering & Science Achievement (MESA) Program.  MESA aims to increase student success by providing tutoring, Academic Excellence Workshops and peer mentoring as well as STEM-related student clubs and professional speaker panels.  Students are engaged in leadership development, scientific seminars, and field trips to industry and 4-year universities. 

   Cañada College M-SETS Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States, aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence;
  • Must demonstrate financial need for the 2012-2013 aid year as defined by the US Department of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid. The 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed, see: www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) must be submitted as part of the packet. Cañada’s Federal school code is 006973;
  • Must not have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in any field from any US or foreign institution;
  • Must enroll full-time (at least 12 units) at Cañada College each semester of the award;
  • Must be majoring in a STEM field (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Materials Science);
  • Must be eligible to take College Trigonometry (Math 130), or higher, in Fall 2011;
  • Must have a Grade Point Average of at least 2.7 in math, science and engineering courses, and 2.5 overall for continuing or returning students; Grade Point Average of at least 2.7 in high school math and science courses for incoming freshmen students.

The completed application must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 to Cañada College Science and Technology Division, Bldg 18-109, Attn: M-SETS Program, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061.  Applications postmarked after September 17, 2012 will not be accepted.  Only completed application packets will be reviewed.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS SCHEDULE:

The M-SETS program is a four-tier scholarship program. The first three tiers are designed to support students during their last three years at Cañada College. The fourth tier will support students as they transfer to a four-year institution.

 

Number of M-SETS Awards

Level

Amount

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

Achievement Level 1

$3,000

9

10

9

9

Achievement Level 2

$4,000

6

10

10

10

Achievement Level 3

$4,000

6

11

11

11

Transfer

$4,000

0

6

11

11

Total Number of Awards

21

37

41

41

Achievement Level 1 (AL1) scholarship is for students who are eligible to enroll in Trigonometry or Pre-calculus at the time of the award and have three-years of study at CC before transfer. 
Achievement Level 2 (AL2) is for students who are registered in Calculus 1, or higher, at the time of the award, and are within two years of completing their SEPs and transferring. 
Achievement Level 3 (AL3) is for students who are within a year of completing their lower-division study at CC. 

The Transfer scholarship is for students who have completed all coursework included in their educational plan and are transferring at the time of the award.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

Click to download a copy of the application packet.

A completed application packet contains the following documents:

  • Application Form (Page 2) – Completed, signed and dated.
  • High School or College Transcripts – High school students need to request a copy of their transcripts from their high school.  Current Cañada students need to include copies of ALL college coursework at Cañada College and any other colleges they have attended.  Unofficial transcripts accepted.
  • Copy of 2012-2013 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) – showing Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Please include Cañada’s school code (006973) on your FAFSA application. For more information on FAFSA, please visit the Cañada College Financial Aid website at http://www.canadacollege.edu/financialaid.
  • Student Educational Plan (SEP) – showing all completed, in-progress, and future college courses needed to transfer to a four-year university in a STEM major.  If you do not have current SEP, please see a Cañada College counselor. (Graduating high school seniors must apply for admission to Cañada, take the Math and English Placement Tests, and see a counselor to obtain their SEP).
  • Personal Statement – Must be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 2 pages in length.  Please include information about yourself and family, your academic and career goals, past experiences/interest in mathematics, science or engineering, details on extra-curricular activities such as involvement in student government, clubs, sports, community service and/or volunteerism, and any honors or awards you have received in the past.
  • Letter of Recommendation – One letter of recommendation from a math or science instructor. Please use the Recommendation Form provided on page 3 of the application packet.  The letter must be signed and sealed by the recommender.  

Submit 1-6 listed above.  Send to Cañada College Science and Technology Division, Bldg. 18-109, Attn: M-SETS Program, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Cañada College Science and Technology Division, Bldg 18-109, Attn: M-SETS Program, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061, or postmarked on or before September 17, 2012.

For this round of applicaitons, the following is a list of available scholarships:

  • Achievement Level 1: $3,000 - nine awards
    Students eligible to take Math 130, or higher in fall 2012, and have two or more years of study at Cañada College before transfer.
  • Achievement Level 2: $4,000 - ten awards
    Students eligible to take Calculus 1, or higher in fall 2012, and are within two years of transfer.
  • Achievement Level 3: $4,000 - eleven awards
    Students who are within one year of completing their lower-division requirements.
  • Transfer: $4,000 - eleven awards
    Students who are transfering to a four-year school in fall 2013.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0849660.
Any opinions expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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