Community College STEM Bridge Scholarship Opportunity
2015 – 2016

As part of the STEM Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges initiative, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is offering a competitive scholarship opportunity for community college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines at any campus in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). These $5,000 scholarships are competitive awards based on academic merit.

The Community College STEM Bridge Scholar (CCBS) award will provide students with $2,000 in their freshman year (spring semester 2015) and then an additional $3,000 in their sophomore year as long as the student maintains at least a 2.7 GPA and meets other requirements of the award. This scholarship is based on academic merit and potential for a successful career in a STEM field. CCBS will help bridge students to next steps in higher education or employment through coaching and mentoring by VSGC staff, four-year college faculty, and by upper classmen. A series of virtual meetings and attendance at the Consortium’s annual Student Research Conference in April are also award requirements.

The VSGC strongly supports students engaged in scientific and technical career pathways who are seeking associates’ degrees as well as those preparing to transfer to four-year institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce.

Underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Community College STEM Bridge Scholarship Goals:

  • To foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution
  • Promoting STEM career awareness and workplace skills while recognizing high academic achievement and promise
  • Increasing participation of all students, including underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities, in STEM-related careers

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Changes marked with an astericks*

    • Must be a U.S. citizen.
    • *Must be currently enrolled in at least 9 credit hours in the fall 2014 semester at any community college in Virginia.
    • Must be a freshman at time of application and during spring 2015 semester.
    • *Must plan to be enrolled full-time at a Virginia community college during the award period with an anticipated graduation date in spring or fall 2016 (Three-semester award period defined as spring 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016).
    • Must be majoring in a STEM program of study.
    • At the time of application, transcripts from high school and any higher education institutions attended will be required and applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Final scholarship award will be contingent upon successful completion of fall 2014 at any community college in Virginia with at least a 2.7 GPA.
    • Maintain a 2.7 grade point average each semester during the scholarship award period.
    • Meet award requirements such as virtual meetings, mentoring activities and attendance at the VSGC annual Student Research Conference.


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