S-STEM Scholarship Program

Students in declared STEM programs may be eligible to apply for 2020 S-STEM Scholarships. These scholarships enable qualified students to start their careers with experience, opportunity, and significantly less debt.

2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine.

Harford Community College was the recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Programs in STEM Award. The recognition is a measure of an institution’s programs and initiatives that encourage and support the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented students into all STEM fields. These include, but are not limited to, science and research fields, technology, engineering, and all math fields.

Applicants MUST complete the FAFSA prior to submitting an S-STEM application.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA preferred.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the biology, chemistry, computer science, computer information systems, engineering, engineering technology, environmental science, environmental technology, information assurance and cybersecurity, mathematics, or physics program.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.
  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
  • Financial need required; student must have completed FAFSA and have unmet financial need.
  • Applicant must place into MATH 109 Precalculus or MATH 203 Calculus I in first semester of enrollment.
    Math placement is based on qualifying scores in Accuplacer, SAT, ACT, AP, or IB, or a qualifying score on HCC Advanced Math Readiness Test.
  • Applicant must agree to participate in HI-StEM cohort activities.

Application Process:

  1. COMPLETE THE FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Air (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.gov HCC School Code 002075 must be included on the FAFSA.
  2. CONFIRM your financial need with the HCC Financial Aid Office PRIOR to submitting the paper application
    Email: rsullivan@harford.edu or finaid@harford.edu or call 443-412-2257
  3. APPLY either online or paper application.
    ONLINE APPLICATIONS: Apply online through AwardSpring at: https://harford.awardspring.com/ during open application dates in fall and spring.
    PAPER APPLICATIONS: Apply by completing a paper application available below (S-STEM Scholarship Form). You must submit the following:
    1. NSF S-STEM Application
    2. One-page personal essay describing your academic and career plans (250-350 words)
    3. Two letters of recommendation may be required upon request.
    4. Drop off the application to the main office in Aberdeen Hall.

Participation Requirements:

Students selected as S-STEM scholarship recipients must agree to participate in the HI-StEM program activities and agree to respond to any survey administered during the program and post-graduation. Program activities include a welcome orientation, faculty mentor meetings, special topic seminars and field trips, a winter retreat and workshop, and an annual scholarship reception. Students will have an opportunity to participate in semester long or summer research experience and to attend STEM conferences both locally and nationally.

Criteria for Continuation:

To continue in the program, a student must:

  • Maintain full time status (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • Maintain the cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Earn grades of B or better in MATH 203 and PHYS 101/PHYS203 for biology majors or MATH 203 and PHYS 203 for engineering majors; and
  • Actively participate in the HI-StEM program activities.

Students who drop a class or classes before the start of semester, resulting in enrollment of less than full time, will have their scholarship award removed.

Students who are awarded scholarships and fail to maintain the academic criteria (GPAs lower than 3.0), will be placed on probation for one semester. To regain eligibility to continue in the program after the probationary period, an individualized plan with the needed assistance and academic supports must be developed with the student's faculty mentor and approved by the S-STEM Coordinator. Students who have not met program requirements during the probationary period will lose their eligibility for program participation and scholarship.

S-STEM students must be able to demonstrate their academic eligibility each semester. A student who receives a scholarship for the fall semester and follows all requirements will be automatically granted a scholarship for the spring semester. Continuation from spring to fall semester follows the same requirements; however, the amount of the scholarship may vary in the next academic year based on the financial needs of the student as determined by the FAFSA for the applicable academic year.


Contact Professor Tami Imbierowicz, S-STEM Grant Coordinator, at 443-412-2122 or timbierowicz@harford.edu. If you have questions about your financial eligibility, email Robin Sullivan at rsullivan@harford.edu with your request, name, H-ID, and email address. The FAFSA must be completed to determine eligible financial need.

S-STEM scholarships will be awarded for up to two years based on financial need. Incoming, current and transfer students are eligible to apply. Scholarships vary in amount up to $10,000 per year based on financial need and EFC. A $2000 stipend for summer research or internship is also available for each S-STEM Scholar. S-STEM Scholars are supported by the HI-StEM (High Intensity Student Engagement Model) program, a cohort learning community led by STEM faculty, student support staff, and research mentors.

Harford Community College (HCC), supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant #1643498, is excited to provide the S-STEM Scholarship Program to support full time students majoring in biology or engineering.

This generous scholarship made possible by:

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation