Competitive Program Helps Students Pay for College
IRVING, Texas- The DCCCD STEM Institute
has named its 2013-2014 STEM Scholars. Among the list of accepted students, 15 hail from North Lake College in Irving. Their programs of study range from biology and engineering to education and computer science.
Initiated as a pilot program in 2009, the DCCCD STEM Institute engages science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students from all seven colleges of the DCCCD. With a focus on both student access and degree completion, the program helps students complete their associates degrees in STEM subjects or transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelors degree in STEM while simultaneously filling the growing need for STEM professionals in North Texas.
“We do two rounds of recruiting each year, one for fall and one for spring,” explains Foundation Special Projects Coordinator Anthony Denning. “The total number of students selected is based on funding capability and attrition from fall to spring semesters.”
Thanks to new funding sources, the number of available STEM scholarships significantly increased this year - up from 57 scholarships in fall 2012 to 124 scholarships in fall 2013. These new monies came just in time, as the number of applicants also rose - by 44 percent.
“I hope to see the [STEM Scholars] program continue to gain popularity,” says NLC math professor Dr. Rahman Ghamasaee. “It can help students build on their education, advance their career and pay for college.” A STEM Faculty Fellow, Ghamasaee acts as a personal mentor to STEM Scholars attending North Lake College, helping them investigate research and internship openings, map out career goals and register for classes. He also attends STEM-focused seminars with the scholars. Former speakers include astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber; famed ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau; and world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis
, to name a few.
Students may apply if they are in good academic standing, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have completed 12 credit hours within the Dallas County Community College District. The STEM Scholars awards will not reduce the amount of financial aid a student receives from North Lake College. To see additional guidelines and application dates, visit www.foundation.dcccd.edu
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North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.