Cañada College’s Advancing Scholarship Program Initiatives and Resources for Engineering
and Science (ASPIRES) program will provide 137 scholarship awards to academically
talented, financially needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university as
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 ASPIRES 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 2017-2018 aid year as defined by the US Department
of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid. The 2017-2018 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 (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering,
Geosciences, Mathematics, or Physical Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy
and Materials Science);
- Must be eligible to take Path to Calculus (Math 225), or College Trigonometry (Math
130), or higher, in Fall 2017;
- 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, and Physics. 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 18, 2017.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
In order to complete the application, you will need copies of the following documents
to be uploaded 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
- 2017-2018 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, 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
- Personal Statement – Must be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 2 pages in length. Please include
information about yourself and your 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 – 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.
Documents 1-4 above may be uploaded after completing the online application form. Document 5 will be completed by the instructor after you complete the online application.
Fall 2017 NSF STEM Scholarship APPLICATION-Apply HERE!
For this round of applications, the following is a list of available scholarships:
- Achievement Level 1: Up to $3,000
Students eligible to take Path to Calculus (Math 225), Math 130 (Trigonometry), or
higher in fall 2017; and have three years of study at Cañada College before transfer.
- Achievement Level 2: Up to $4,000
Students eligible to take Calculus 1, or higher in fall 2017, and are within two years
- Achievement Level 3: Up to $4,000
Students who are within one year of completing their requirements for transfer.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. DUE 1355978. Any opinions expressed in this material are those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).