Become an Excelerate in STEM Scholar

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Excelerate in STEM scholarship program will award up to $4,500 per academic year to STEM students who demonstrate a financial need. Excelerate in STEM scholars will build leadership skills, engage in mentoring, and foster a strong sense of STEM identity throughout the duration of the program. Submit the Interest Form below with your questions and to be contacted when the application is available.

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Excelerate in STEM Scholarship Benefits

  • Up to $4,500 per academic year
  • Student cohorts
  • Priority Registration
  • Access to tutors
  • Faculty and Peer mentoring
  • Paid entry to Summer Bridge Program
  • Seminar Series: Navigating the World of STEM for Scholarship Recipients
  • Earn college credit for courses on leadership skills, exploring STEM professions, college life, and more!


  • US Citizen, Nationals, Permanent Residents or Eligible Documented Immigrants
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an Excelerate in STEM eligible discipline
    • Biological Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Computer and Information Science
    • Engineering
    • Technology Fields
  • Demonstrate academic ability or potential
  • Demonstrated financial need


  • High School Diploma
    • GPA of 2.75
    • ACT score of 18 overall and 18 on the math section or equivalent standardized score
    • Recommended by a mathematics instructor if submitting a standardized test score alternative to the ACT


  • GED Recipients
    • 90th percentile or above on the math section
    • ACT score of 18 overall and 18 on the math section or equivalent standardized test score
  • Substitute awardees must have 2.75 GPA at MGCCC in place of high school GPA and ACT score
  • Exhibit leadership qualities and community service
  • Experience and active participation in professional organizations, clubs, or community activities
  • Recipients must follow an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree plan

Application Requirements

  • Personal essay*
    • 300-500 words explaining your interest in STEM
    • How are you uniquely qualified for this scholarship?
    • How will you benefit as a recipient?
  • Contact information for an academic or professional reference who will provide a letter of recommendation.*
  • Have submitted the application for admission and been accepted to MGCCC
  • High school and/or community college transcripts**
  • Up-to-date FAFSA data**

* Submitted with the scholarship application
** Submitted with admission requirements to the Office of Admissions

Application Process

Submit the online application when it reopens. Students will need to submit a personal essay with the application and also provide the name and email address of an academic or professional reference who has agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Students who are in consideration for an Excelerate in STEM Scholarship will be required to complete an interview with the Campus Leadership Support Team. Students who are selected for an Excelerate in STEM Scholarship must sign a statement of intent to complete a degree program in STEM and enroll in online leadership courses.

The application period will open again in the spring 2025 semester.

Scholarship Continuation

Scholarship continuation will be based on the following:

  • Maintain at least half-time status in STEM Programs
  • Maintain 2.75 GPA
  • Demonstrate progress toward meeting degree requirements
  • Documented financial need
  • Recommendation for continuation by Campus Leadership Support Team


Contact Form

Have a question about the Excelerate in STEM Scholarship? Please fill out the contact form below!

Testimonials from Scholarship Recipients

Being a part of this scholarship program has been more of a blessing than I could have ever imagined. I have been able to work under amazing mentors and develop intrapersonal skills all the while pursuing my biology degree. I would not be where I am or who I am today had I not had the support of the Excelerate in STEM Scholarship Program.
-Victoria Robinson

Attending Gulf Coast has been the best two year start to my college career! I have been afforded so many opportunities, the Excelerate in STEM Scholarship Program being just one example, that have pushed me beyond what I thought I could do, helped me expand my knowledge and passion for science, and paved the way for my future! I am so grateful for the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained throughout this program and look forward to implementing everything that I have learned in all of my future endeavors.
-Raegan Levene

Excelerate in STEM Summit

Students from the Excelerate in STEM Summit
2023-2024 scholarship recipients attended MGCCC’s 2nd annual Excelerate in STEM Summit held February 16 at the Harrison County Campus.
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