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STEM FAQ

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about STEM and our STEM scholarship

  • What do you mean by STEM?
    • See the "What is STEM?" page
  • What fields are STEM?
    • See the "What is STEM" page
  • What courses are STEM?
    • See the "Waubonsee courses" on the "What is STEM" page
  • Is Pre-Med STEM?
    • As defined by the NSF, Pre-Med is a clinical field, and is not considered STEM. However, Biology is a STEM field.
  • What is FAFSA?
    • FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and is a process written and designed by the U.S. Department of Education. It is an online resource that provides to the Waubonsee Community College Financial Aid Office confidential information that assists them to determine your eligibility for scholarships and grants based upon your family's income. S-STEM grant personnel do not see any of your confidential family income information.
  • What do I need to send you?
    • You need to send to David Voorhees the following: (1) the completed application, (2) your High School transcripts, (3) your Waubonsee transcripts, if you are a current Waubonsee student, (4) an essay, and (5) a letter of recommendation from a STEM instructor. You also need to designate Waubonsee Community College (code #006931) as a recipient of your FAFSA data.
  • Is Pharmacy STEM?
    • Pharmacy would be mostly considered a clinical field. However, Chemistry is a STEM field.
  • Is Architecture STEM?
    • No
  • When do I have to get my completed application in? 
    • We are still accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 academic year, so you will need to get your completed applications into David Voorhees as soon as you can. 
  • What if I am getting other scholarships?
    • The NSF STEM scholarship can provide additional support that other scholarships may not. Please see David Voorhees for assistance.
  • Do I have to be full time?
    • Yes, you have to register for at least 12 credit hours each semester.
  • I am only going to be at Waubonsee for a year, can I still apply and potentially receive a scholarship?
    • Yes
  • I am going to another school in Illinois to study STEM, can I apply?
    • No, the scholarship is only available to students who attend Waubonsee Community College full time.
  • Is the scholarship guaranteed for my whole time at Waubonsee?
    • The scholarships are only guaranteed if you satisfy all of the requirements for STEM scholars each semester you receive scholarship funding. If you satisfy the requirements each semester, your scholarship will be renewed for the next semester. You can receive a scholarship for up to two years.
  • What will the scholarship pay for?
    • The NSF STEM scholarship will pay for your Cost of Attendance, as determined by the Waubonsee Community College Financial Aid office minus your Effective Family Contribution, as determined by the FAFSA website and any other scholarships you may be eligible for. In other words, you will still have to supply the Effective Family Contribution that is determined by FAFSA.
  • The deadline has passed, can I still apply?
    • We will accept applications for any scholarship year until we distribute all the money available to us.  Contact David Voorhees to see if applications are still being accepted
  • How much money will I get?
    • You will receive an amount equal to the Cost of Attendance minus the sum of your Effective Family Contribution and other scholarships (i.e. PELL and MAP).
  • Who do I ask if I have more questions?
  • Where do I send my application and other documents?
  • Can I get a scholarship if I live out of the Waubonsee district?
    • Yes, but you would have lower priority over a student who lives in the Waubonsee district.
  • Can I get scholarship money over the summer?
    • Yes, you may receive a STEM scholarship for classes taken during the summer semester.

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