S-STEM Scholarship Program 2017-2018

Harford Community College, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is excited to announce the establishment of the NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program to support full time students majoring in biology and engineering.

S-STEM scholarships will be awarded for up to two years beginning in Fall 2017. Incoming freshman students are eligible to apply. Current and transfer students will be considered on a space available basis. Scholarships vary in amount up to $10,000 per year based on financial need and EFC. Scholarship recipients will agree to participate in the HI-StEM (High Intensity Student Engagement Model) program, a cohort learning community led by STEM faculty.

Eligibility Criteria:

A student receiving an S-STEM scholarship funded by the National Science Foundation must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, national, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien;
  • be enrolled full-time (registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • declare a major in the STEM fields of biology or engineering;
  • demonstrate financial need (as defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education criteria for Federal financial aid). A FAFSA is required to determine financial need.
  • demonstrate academic potential with a minimum 3.0 GPA in coursework in high school or college AND placement into Precalculus or Calculus I; and
  • agree to participate in all HI-StEM program activities.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Air (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.gov. HCC School Code 002075 must be included on the FAFSA.
  2. Complete and submit the following items by August 15, 2017:
    • Scholarship application
    • One page personal essay describing your academic and career plans (350 – 450 words)
    • Two letters of recommendation*
    • Accuplacer, SAT, ACT, AP, or IB scores in Math, or qualifying score on HCC’s Calculus Readiness Test
    • Official Transcripts (high school or college)*
    • Mail or drop off the application to:

Harford Community College
c/o Professor Tami Imbierowicz
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015

* Students who have previously submitted letters of recommendations and/or transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Advising do not need to re-submit these documents.

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. HI-StEM 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 experiences 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.


For questions, please contact Professor Tami Imbierowicz, S-STEM Coordinator, at 443-412-2122 or timbiero@harford.edu.

This generous scholarship made possible by:

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation