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STEM Student Success Scholarship

What is the STEM Student Success Scholarship?

The STEM Student Success Scholarship, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is a scholarship program to recruit and retain students in STEM programs, especially Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer & Information Science, Computer & Information Technology and Engineering. The scholarship covers tuition and fees for a year (up to 32 credit hours) and provides some funding for books. The STEM Scholarship may be renewed for an additional year, contingent upon continued funding and continued student eligibility.


Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for the STEM Student Success Scholarship, applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the completed FAFSA for the applicable school year
  • Be a US Citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident, or Admitted Refugee
  • Enroll at least part-time in a degree program or transfer curriculum in one of the following STEM fields
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Math
    • Computer and information sciences
    • Engineering
    • Technical areas associated with the above fields (for example, information technology)
  • Demonstrate academic ability and potential as indicated by transcripts 
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Freshmen applicants should submit unofficial high school transcripts and current students should submit unofficial college transcripts.

Unfortunately, Health Science majors are not eligible for the STEM Scholarship.


How to Apply

  • Complete the general scholarship application here. Then complete the STEM Scholarship application when it appears in your scholarship portal.  
  • Complete the applicable FAFSA form (get assistance from COD staff if needed).
  • All documents must be submitted before the application deadline of 3/31/22.


Recipient Obligations

In order to remain in good standing and renew the scholarship (when available), applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Maintain at least part-time enrollment in fall and spring semesters
  • Achieve a GPA of at least 2.75 by the end of the first year of college credit courses at COD
  • Graduate with an AAS, AS, or AES degree - OR - continue at a four-year institution
  • Sign a commitment to participate in all required events and activities in the program
  • Continue to meet federal financial aid requirements and maintain eligibility for federal financial aid
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need
  • Make satisfactory progress toward chosen degree
  • Participate in brief, periodic program evaluations (may be surveys or interviews)

Support Systems

Specific support systems are in place to ensure the success of students in this program. These support systems include:

STEM Student Success Coach – this person is the first line of support for students. The STEM Student Success Coach will work one on one with students on a regular basis to create strong connections between the student and the college, to monitor student academic progress, to create a sense of accountability, and to establish personal benchmarks for the student.

Guided Study Groups – specifically designed for the cohort members, these study groups will be formed for each of the STEM courses in which a need is perceived. They provide opportunities for student participants to learn from each other and faculty members in an informal learning setting and help to enhance study skills, content, and academic work habits specific to each course.

Learning Commons Tutors – dedicated tutors will be assigned to work with the STEM cohort in order to ensure academic support for those in the program.

Faculty Mentors – at least one faculty member for each discipline will serve as a mentor for the students, providing an open door for students to discuss career plans, ask questions, share experiences, and provide a personal connection to help students through difficult academic and life pressures.

Internships and Job Shadowing – a limited number of paid and unpaid internships as well as job shadowing opportunities will be available through the program and Career Services. 

About STEM Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in Science and Engineering occupations will grow by 18.7% between 2010-2020, compared to just 14.3% growth for all occupations.* Here are some other benefits of choosing a STEM career:

The Science and Engineering workforce has shown sustained growth for more than half a century, with an average annual growth rate of 3.3% compared to 1.5% for the total workforce.*

STEM related jobs were more resilient during and after the 2007-2009 recession compared to overall employment.*

Engineering has the highest median earnings, yet less than 20% of students choose a STEM career path.^

In 2012, the median earnings for workers in STEM occupations (regardless of education level or field) were $78,270, which is more than double the median ($34,750) for all U.S. workers.*


More Information

For more information about this scholarship program, please contact:

Dr. Tom Carter 
Physics Department
(630) 942-3346 

Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-3210

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062
(630) 942-3021

For College of DuPage Admissions inquiries, call (630) 942-2626 or email