NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Cañada College’s Achieving Success at College: Education, Networking, and Transfer
(ASCENT) program will provide 128 scholarship awards to academically talented, financially
needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university as STEM majors.
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 STEM Center, which aims to increase student success by providing
tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and 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 ASCENT 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 2018-2019 aid year as defined by the US Department
of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid. The 2018-2019 Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed, see:www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Must not have previously received a Bachelor's Degree in any field from any US or
- Must enroll full-time (at least 12 units) at Cañada College each semester of the award*;
- *Students currently enrolled in fewer than 12 units are encouraged to apply and will
receive the funds only when they enroll full-time (12 units). To explore your options
for reaching full-time status, come to the STEM Center and talk to a member of the
- Must be majoring in a STEM field (i.e. Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering,
Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, or Materials Science);
- Must be eligible to take Calculus 1 (Math 251), or higher, in Fall 2018;
- 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.
In computing the Math, Science and Engineering GPA only courses in the following list should be included: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Computer
Science, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, Oceanography, Geology, and Environmental
Science. Courses in Accounting, Business, MultiMedia, or CBOT should not be included,
(Here's the link to the GPA calculator:http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/transfer/gpa.asp)
The completed online application must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2018.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
In order to complete the application, you will need to have the following documents
as part of the online application process:
- 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 are
- 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed. For more information on FAFSA, please visit the Cañada College Financial Aid website
- 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 a current SEP, come
to the STEM Center and talk to a member of the STEM Team to schedule an appointment
with a STEM counselor.
- Personal Statement – Must be typed, double-spaced. Your response should be at least 250 and no more
than 750 words in length. Include information about you, your family and background;
your academic and career goals, and your motivation to pursue these goals. Describe
your educational achievements and experiences; involvement in extra-curricular activities,
community service, and volunteerism (both on-campus and off-campus). Explain how
you have overcome any special circumstances or challenges.
- Letter of Recommendation – You will need to provide the contact information (phone number and email) of the
math, science, computer science, or engineering instructor who will complete a Letter
of Recommendation on your behalf. Remember to remind the instructor who will be writing the Letter of Recommendation for you that it is due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2018.
NOTE: Complete the INTENT to APPLY form FIRST to receive the application link and
to send the letter of recommendation to the instructor to complete. The completed
online application and letter of recommendation must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 24, 2018.
For this round of applications, the following is a list of available scholarships:
- Achievement Level 1: $5,000
Students eligible to take Calculus 1, or higher in fall 2018; and have two years of
study at Cañada College before transfer.
- Achievement Level 2: $5,000
Students eligible to take Calculus 2, or higher in fall 2018, and are within one year
- Transfer Level: $4,000
Students who enrolled at a 4-year university as a STEM major.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. DUE 1833809. Any opinions expressed in this material are those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).