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It Pays to Become a STEM Scholar

This article appeared in a March 2016 issue of the student newsletter.

Pursuing a college degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics? There is a special scholarship program just for you.

Introducing the DCCCD STEM Scholars Program

To help students complete their associate and/or bachelor’s degrees in STEM, DCCCD has a special program called the DCCCD STEM Scholars program. The program is run by the DCCCD STEM Institute and is open to students from all seven colleges of DCCCD. 

Students accepted into the program are known as “STEM Scholars.” They receive scholarship monies and are eligible for books and tuition benefits. 

Additional program benefits include:

  • Access to monthly seminars with world-renowned scientists
  • Personal mentoring from a STEM Faculty Fellow
  • Internship and summer research opportunities
  • An invitation to the annual DCCCD STEM Summit, a daylong event with seminars, panels and speakers
  • And much, much more…

Program Results

Of the most recent cohort of STEM Scholars (2014-2015), 60% transferred to a four-year university, and 22% graduated from DCCCD with an associate degree. The remaining 38% are continuing their studies at the colleges of DCCCD.

The STEM Scholars program is not helping just students, however. The STEM Scholars program is also helping Dallas County by filling the growing need for STEM professionals in North Texas. 

A STEM Scholars award will not reduce the amount of financial aid a student receives from their college.

“I hope to see the [STEM Scholars] program continue to gain popularity,” says North Lake College 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.

How to Become a STEM Scholar

Students may apply to the DCCCD STEM Institute 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. 

That said, the application process is competitive. The average GPA is 3.74 and the number of applicants continues to grow each semester.

To see application guidelines and apply online, visit ​