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STEM Scholar Program Application

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded MCC grants for scholarships and/or transfer preparation programming (including mentoring, tutoring, campus visits, funded research opportunities) to students majoring in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Programs and/or awards are designed to recruit, retain, and increase the number of students who earn degrees in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields and those with demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must be admitted to Mott Community College (you may apply prior to admittance, but cannot be accepted into the program or awarded scholarship until admission to MCC is complete)
  2. Must be a citizen of the United States, National of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugee under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time your application is submitted
  3. Must identify a STEM field (biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics, or physics) as your major
  4. Must demonstrate academic potential or ability
  5. Must be enrolled as a full-time student (anticipated 15-16 credit hours per semester)
  6. Must have completed not more than 20 credits toward program of study. (Current high school students need not have completed any college credits.)
  7. Must complete and submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

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

Application Procedures

Deadline for 2018: February 5th, 2018

All applicants will be contacted via email acknowledging receipt.

Those who are considered a "finalist" may be contacted to arrange an interview, before final selections are made.

To complete the STEM Scholars application you will also need the following:

  • Two recommendations from a high school or college faculty member, counselor/advisor, and/or mentor.
    • Download Recommendation Form
    • Completed forms can be
    • Emailed to:
      the STEM Scholars Steering Committee at
    • OR
      Mailed to:
      STEM Scholars Program
      Science & Mathematics Office
      1401 E. Court St.
      Flint, MI 48503.
  • Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at
  • Write and submit three short responses in PDF format (approximately 200-words each) to the following questions:
    1. Explain how your interest in your STEM field or major developed and describe your future career goals.
    2. Describe a personal or academic hurdle you have faced and what steps you took to overcome it.
    3. Describe your personal and academic strengths as well as an area in which you feel could improve.
  • Have an official high school transcript (and college transcript if applicable) sent to:
    STEM Scholars Program
    Science & Mathematics Office
    1401 E. Court St.
    Flint, MI 48503

Send an e-mail with an attachment:

Personal Information

Ethnicity Information


Educational Information

STEM interest areas: Check all that apply *

Extracurricular Activities

Applicants Questions

Please attach short responses for the following questions in PDF format (approximately 200-words each).

To Remain Eligible as a STEM Scholar You Must

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment at MCC with a declared major in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, geology, mathematics, or physics.
  2. Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the MCC Office of Financial Aid.
  3. Maintain a (3.0) minimum cumulative GPA.
  4. Participate in all mandatory STEM Scholars activities and events.

Checklist of other requirements

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