S-STEM Scholarship Program

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.

S-STEM scholarships will be awarded for up to two years based on financial need. 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.  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.

Scholarship Program 2018-2019

Application for 2018:

Priority Deadline:
May 15, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Biology AS or Engineering AS 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 Calculus Readiness Test.
  • Applicant must agree to participate in HI-StEM cohort activities.

Application Process:

  1. Complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Air (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.gov. HCC School Code 002075 must be included on the FAFSA.
  2. Complete the online scholarship application in AwardSpring (https://harford.awardspring.com)
    by May 15, 2018. The following information is required for the application:
    • Brief narrative/essay describing your academic and professional goals and financial need and how the scholarship will help you attain your goals.
    • Two letters of recommendations.
    • High school and prior college transcripts must be submitted to the HCC Admissions office.

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.


For questions on the S-STEM program, please contact Professor Tami Imbierowicz, S-STEM Grant Coordinator, at 443-412-2122 or timbierowicz@harford.edu or visit: /academics/divisions/stem/nsf-stem-grant.aspx

To determine if you qualify for financial need, please 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.

This generous scholarship made possible by:

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation