STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Scholarships and mentoring for STEM students

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Scholarships and mentoring for STEM students

The S-STEM grant to Waubonsee Community College has expired.  

Please contact us for STEM opportunites on campus, not related to the scholarship.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE grant 0965822), both new and returning Waubonsee students interested in pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can apply for a scholarship. The scholarships cover tuition, fees, books and living expenses for students who are academically talented and have financial need.  The scholarship amount cannot exceed the financial need determined from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (minus other grant/scholarship aid).

For the 2015-16 academic year, 18 STEM Scholars have currently been accepted into the program, that will be working with selected faculty mentors and participating in monthly colloquial sessions on STEM topics of interest.   Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED.  If you would like a promotional flyer for display or distribution, please request a pdf by sending an email to  The National Science Foundation grant is funded until July of 2017.  We are currently exploring options for the continuation of a STEM program at Waubonsee Community College beyond July 2017.  Please email for more information.

Eligibility Requirements 

  1. Express an interest to earn an A.S. degree in a STEM discipline, with the intention to complete a B.S. in that discipline. Eligible disciplines are: biological sciences (except medicine and clinical fields), information systems, computer sciences, computer technologies, mathematics, materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and earth sciences (geology, oceanography, astronomy or meteorology).
  2. Complete the  FAFSA form.
  3. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen admitted as permanent resident or refugee.
  4. Live within the Waubonsee Community College District.
  5. If you are a high school senior, you must:
    Have taken three high school courses in a STEM discipline and earned a B or better in each;
    Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale);
    Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher in a STEM discipline
  6. If you are a current Waubonsee student, you must:
    Have taken two college-level STEM courses at Waubonsee and have earned a B or better in each by the end of the spring 2013 semester;
    Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Waubonsee;
    Submit a letter of recommendation from a Waubonsee instructor in a STEM discipline

The benefits of becoming a Waubonsee NSF Scholar include:

  1. A scholarship, if you are determined to be financially needy
  2. The assignment of a Waubonsee faculty member in your STEM discipline who becomes your mentor providing academic and career guidance
  3. The ability to attend STEM related activities off the Waubonsee campus, during which you will begin to develop your network of professional contacts
  4. Having a designated study hall just for your and your fellow NSF scholars
  5. Potentially attending a national professional meeting in your STEM discipline with your mentor

More Info.

David H. Voorhees
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Earth Science and Geology
(630) 466-7900, ext. 2783

Amy Frankel
Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Mathematics
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2554

Danielle DuCharme
Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Biology
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2345