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MCC STEM Scholars Program

MCC's STEM Scholars Program is for academically talented students interested in a STEM related field and plan to attend college full-time completing an Associate in Science degree.

What is STEM?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) includes but is not limited to the following list:


Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Zoology, Microbiology,Agricultural Sciences, Marine Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Environmental Science, and Meteorology


Computer/Information Sciences, Computer Programming/Sciences, Robotics


Aerospace, Agriculture, Biomedical, Mechanical, Electrical, Nuclear, Petroleum, Civil, Chemical, Environmental, Geological, Marine


Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Operations Research Analysis, Statistics

Who is Eligible for the STEM Scholars Program?

Students Who:

  • Are a US citizen or legal resident
  • Enroll Full-time at MCC (Anticipated 15-16 credit hours per semester)
  • Plan on pursing a STEM degree
  • Show evidence of academic potential from high school and maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while at MCC
  • Must not have completed more than 20 credits toward program of study.
  • In addition, to be eligible for S-STEM scholarship the student must:
    • Show financial need (Pell Eligible)

Benefits of STEM Scholars Program

  • S-STEM Scholarships covering total cost of attendance at MCC will be awarded on an ongoing basis for up to 2 consecutive years as long as you meet the financial need requirements and other eligibility criteria.
  • Paid Summer Research or intern opportunities
  • Extensive academic support, including advising mentoring and tutoring
  • Membership in LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • Participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program
  • Partner university visits and transfer preparation

Students from underrepresented minority populations in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply: (African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander).

How to Apply

  1. Apply to Mott Community College if you are not already a MCC student
  2. Complete STEM Scholars Application
    1. You will need to:
    2. Write and submit three short responses in PDF format (approximately 200-words each) to the following questions:
      • Explain how your interest in your STEM field or major developed and describe your future career goals.
      • Describe a personal or academic hurdle you have faced and what steps you took to overcome it.
      • Describe your personal and academic strengths as well as an area in which you feel could improve.
    3. Provide two letters of recommendation from a high school or college faculty member, counselor/advisor, and/or mentor.
      Download Recommendation Form
    4. Provide an official high school transcript (and college transcript if applicable)
  3. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online

You will receive an immediate email notification acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not, please email

Please note, you may be contacted to arrange an interview before final selections are made.


I've been Accepted, What Happens Next?

Once you become a MCC STEM Scholar, you will a part of a cohort group of students and together you will:

  • Receive extensive support services and an opportunity to participate in a paid undergraduate research opportunity or internship with faculty mentors through the LSAMP Grant.
  • Have the chance to explore various STEM career options, interact with experienced professionals in STEM fields and travel to professional STEM related research conferences.
  • Receive academic advising and mentoring, peer and professional tutoring, participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program, university visits and transfer preparation.

What Am I Expected to do?

While a MCC Counselor will help you plan and enroll in courses, you are expected to:

  1. Attend Summer Bridge Program Pre-college Program (pre-first year)
  2. Meet with MCC Counselor and Faculty Mentor (once per semester)
  3. Attend Friday STEM meetings/tutoring (10:00am – 12:00pm) – (bi-weekly)
  4. Attend 100% of your classes
  5. Arrive to class on time and be prepared with class materials and completed assignments
  6. After acceptance into the program, maintain a 3.0 overall GPA
  7. Enroll and complete Undergraduate Research Methods course (STEM-199) – Winter Semester of your first year
  8. Participate in a minimum of two STEM Scholar activities (per semester)
    • Any scheduled STEM Scholar activity
    • Serving as a Peer tutor for a STEM subject (MEC, Tutoring Services)
    • Touring a local STEM company
    • Joining a Mott STEM related club
    • Attending a STEM professional or academic workshop/conference
    • Attending a transfer college fair or workshop
    • Serving as a volunteer for a STEM related event
    • Any other PRE-APPROVED activity
  9. Adhere to all MCC Student Code of Conduct, and STEM Scholars policies and procedures

If you are working, or looking for work, please consider the amount of time you will need to invest in this program to be successful when you look for employment options.

Team building at MCC Ropes Course
Student poster presentation
Geology lab
Students at WOC in STEM
MSU visit
Research posters

Meet Our Stem Scholars 2020

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Back row left to right: Mikaya Lewis, Guadalupe Guerrero, Jacqueline Leader, Morgan King, Dylan Stanfill Third row left to right: Raven Hupp-Andrews, Brianna Horne, Brooke Read, Jazlynne Cathey, Autumn Holland, Jaquay Renfro Second row left to right: Hope Wilkins, Khadija Briggs, Nesha Jamison, Precious Williams, Nyrelle Boles-Lee Front row: J'Kobe Moore, Nicholas Griffith, Juliana McGrane, TJ Swaisgood, Steven Brown, Ira Goulbourne

Meet Our Stem Scholars 2019

group shot of STEM Scholars 2019

seated: Jaquay Renfro, Khadija Briggs, Steven Brown Jr. standing: Shadiyia Jones, Jacqueline Leader, Brianna Horne

Meet Our Stem Scholars 2018

group shot of STEM Scholars 2018 Mikaya Lewis, Alberto Sanson, Raven Hupp-Andrews, Autumn Holland, Jacob Main, Victoria Carbone, Emilio Caballero, Sidney Fairchild

Our Stem Scholars 2018 - 2019

group shot of STEM Scholars 2018-2019

STEM Scholars and Dean Todd Troutman - Science and Mathematics Division

STEM Scholars, NCSE Conference Trip, Washington, DC

STEM Scholars at the steps
STEM Scholars in front of memorial
Lincoln Memorial
STEM Scholars at conference dinner

Undergraduate Research Methods

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STEM-199 Undergraduate Research Methods
(2 Credits)

Mott Community College is committed to providing our STEM Scholars with the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research.

This course is an introduction to research methods used by professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers.

Students will:

  • Participate in an independent and collaborative research project with a faculty mentor in a selected STEM subject.
  • Learn how to formulate significant questions, develop investigative procedures, gather and examine evidence and evaluate results.
  • Present their findings independently to the Science and Mathematics Division faculty as a poster presentation.

This course offers a powerful learning opportunity that will enable Mott Community College students to transfer to a four-year university science program having already been introduced to beginning research methods.

Course Benefits:

  • The course supports and encourages independent student research.
  • Students will learn to apply knowledge and develop new skills.
  • Students will gain the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty mentor.
  • Students gain experience that will enable them to qualify and compete for paid summer internships and research opportunities at other labs and universities.


Grant Info


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an NSF grant-funded program aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, particularly those from underrepresented minority populations.

As a STEM Scholar at MCC, you will receive extensive support services and an opportunity to participate in paid undergraduate research through the LSAMP Grant.


The S-STEM Scholarship at Mott Community College (MCC) is a grant-funded program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This program supports students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who have shown a high level of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

S-STEM scholarship recipients at MCC will receive funding for up to a two-year period covering tuition and required course materials as long as they meet program requirements and have demonstrated full Pell eligibility established by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Program Overview

STEM Scholars will also have the chance to explore various STEM career options, interact with experienced professionals in STEM fields, travel to professional STEM-related research conferences and participate in a paid undergraduate research opportunity or internship with faculty mentors. Additional benefits include academic advising and mentoring, peer and professional tutoring, participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program, university visits and transfer preparation.

Apply to the STEM Scholars program at Mott Community College for your chance at an S-STEM scholarship and/or LSAMP Program award and join our community of STEM Scholars!

Contact STEM Scholars

STEM Program Coordinator - CO-PI

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University Partners

MCC has partnered with four Michigan universities (Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University) and Washtenaw Community College in a National Science Foundation grant (NSF).

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