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2017-18 Community College STEM Scholarship Program

The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time during the award period at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges.  Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

Students must apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year. The number of awards is contingent upon available funding. This is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizing high academic achievement and promise.

A small travel stipend for the Student Conference to be held in spring of 2018 will be provided to scholarship awardees.

Goals:

  • Encouraging students engaged in associate degree programs who are preparing for careers in technology fields essential to America’s industrial and technological competitiveness, particularly those with aerospace and STEM relevance.
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aeronautics, space and STEM fields.
  • Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

More information about NASA four Mission Directorates can be found in the links below:

  • Space Technology Mission – Rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise.
  • Aeronautics Research – Enable a safer, more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly air transportation system.
  • Human Exploration & Operations – NASA space operations related to human exploration in and beyond low Earth orbit.
  • Science – Advancing Earth System Science to meet the challenges of climate and environmental change

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be currently enrolled in a Virginia Community College and have completed at least one semester of coursework (minimum of 9 credit hours) at time of application (spring 2017)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) during the award period (2017-2018)
  • Must be majoring in a STEM program of study
  • Must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must expect to graduate by May 2018 or later

Required Application Components:

  • Statement of your academic and career goals – a brief written statement by the applicant relating to how his/her degree will help them prepare for a technical career in aerospace or a STEM field that will support NASA’s mission. Indicate your plans for future academic preparation including pursuing an undergraduate four-year degree or beyond.
  • Plan of Study – submit an outline of your intended coursework for the sophomore year of your STEM associate degree program.
  • Resume – submit a short summary of your education, work or military experience and any significant accomplishments (e.g. honors or awards) or any other relevant information
  • Letters of Recommendation – provide the names and contact information for two references of which one must be the applicant’s current faculty advisor.  Letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s technical and /or academic potential as well as his/her progress and academic achievements. The on-line application system will contact both references via email to request a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant.  We suggest that you inform both of your references that they will receive an email from the VSGC in reference to your application.  Your references will be provided with a link to submit their recommendations.  VSGC must receive both recommendations for your application to be complete.
    • For help on writing a letter of recommendation, CLICK HERE.
  • Transcript- An unofficial transcript with all grades through Fall semester 2016 is required and can be submitted as a PDF in the online application.  If the applicant is selected to receive an award then an official transcript will be required at acceptance.  If the applicant does not have a PDF conversion tool, links to free on-line PDF converters are provided in the application.

Administrative and Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients:

  • Awardees must provide a head-shot photo electronically.
  • Awardees must provide biographical information upon selection.
  • Awardees must inform the VSGC of changes of contact information.
  • Awardees must attend the Student Research Conference in spring 2018.
  • Must be enrolled full time (minimum of 18 hours) during the award period.
  • Awardees must respond to academic and employment follow-up surveys.
  • Awardees must may be asked to discuss their studies in public forums.

At the completion of the award period, but no later than May 4, 2018, the scholarship recipient must submit a brief, written report on their experience as a Virginia Space Grant Community College STEM Scholar. The report should address:

  • Academic progress, including degree granted (if applicable)
  • The impact the award has made on plans to pursue future technical training or a baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Significant results of the recipient’s experience (e.g. a list of presentations made, awards or honors), attendance at the VSGC Student Research Conference in April 2018.
  • Employment or future educational plans.

Disposition of Unused Funds:

  1. Release of $1,500 after VSGC has received the acceptance form and all supporting documents.
  2. Release of $500 after attending Student Research Conference in April.
  3. If an the scholarship recipient terminates his/her academic program during the 2017–2018 academic year, the Community College is required to return a prorated share of the scholarship award to the VSGC.

Application Timeline

Applications are due by March 13, 2017. Awards will be announced in April 2017 with funding provided to students through their community college for the 2017–2018 academic year beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.

 

Posted on March 6, 2017

Virginia Tech Transfer Spirit Day

Virginia Tech Transfer Spirit Day

Interested in transferring to Virginia Tech? Already been accepted to VT for FALL 2017 ? Want to learn more about VT programs?

Then join VT admissions and program representatives in the Student Life Center, 3rd Floor, on January 25th, 10am to 2pm for a day full of information and fun!

“Who’s Coming???”

  • Admissions • College of Engineering • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences • Pre-Vet and College of Veterinary Medicine • College of Science • College of Natural Resources and Environment • Pamplin College of Business • College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences

Come ready to ask questions, come ready to have fun, and come ready to show your HOKIE PRIDE!!!

For more information contact your Academic School Program Advisor, STEM ~Yvonne Campbell ycampbell@virginiawestern.edu, BTT~Lacey Carey lcarey@virginiawestern.edu

Posted on January 17, 2017

Virginia Community College Students Soar with NASA

Virginia Community College Students Prepare to Soar with STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences

 

Virginia community college sophomores can once again apply for paid NASA research experiences through the Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s (VSGC) STEM Takes Flight Build-Fly-Learn NASA Research Experiences for Virginia’s Community College Students program. The VSGC and the Virginia Community College System in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore anticipate offering at least 23, ten-week, paid, summer research experiences for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors. The research experience takes place during the summer of 2017. This is the program’s third year.

 

Students selected to participate in Stem Takes Flight NASA Research Experiences will work directly with NASA research advisors on diverse projects for NASA Langley Research Center’s Research and Engineering Directorates and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Students will be selected for projects such as wind tunnel experiments/data analysis, small satellite hardware development, unmanned aerial systems, and environmental and water quality projects and more.

 

The STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experience provides students with real-world, hands-on learning experiences while exposing them to the wide range of STEM career options at NASA. Past participants have expressed how much this opportunity has broadened their skills and encouraged them to take career paths they had not considered.

 

Qualified applicants are undergraduate STEM majors, including those pursuing technician degrees, who are at least a rising sophomore and not graduating prior to May or June of 2017. They must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a full or part-time student taking a minimum of 6-9 credit hours. Selected students will receive a $5,000 stipend. Assistance in locating safe affordable housing is provided upon request.

 

The application deadline is February 10, 2017. Learn more and apply online at http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/STEMtakesFlight/

 

Posted on December 6, 2016

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