Becoming 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 for academically talented STEM students with financial eligibility. 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. The application will be available in Spring 2022. Submit the interest form below to be notified.

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
  • Leadership Courses for College Credit


  • US Citizen, Nationals, Permanent Residents or Eligible Aliens
  • 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
  • Financial Eligibility


  • 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

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 2 references who will provide letters of recommendation*
  • High school and/or community college transcripts**
  • FAFSA data**

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

Application Process

The application will be available in spring 2022.  Submit the interest form below to be notified. Students will need to submit a personal essay with the application and also provide the names and email addresses of 2 people who have agreed to provide letters 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.

Scholarship Continuation

Scholarship continuation will be based on the following:

  • Maintain full-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

Excelerate in STEM Scholarship Interest Form

Provide your contact information below to learn more about this opportunity and to be notified when the application is available.

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