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14 National Science Foundation Scholarships Available
STEM Students: Apply Online for Full Two-Year STEM Scholarship Before Sept. 30
October 11, 2013
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has been extended to Oct. 11. Begin the scholarship application process at and reference scholarship 1000599.

The prestigious NSF Science, Math & Engineering Scholarship will be awarded to potential or current STEM students who intend to transfer into a four-year university as a STEM major. Recipients may be eligible to renew the scholarship for the second year of study at Foothill College so long as recipients continue to meet the minimum qualifications of the scholarship. Quarterly scholarship disbursements are contingent upon recipients enrolling in a minimum of two STEM courses per quarter and earning a 3.00 grade point average (a grade B average) or higher.

To meet the minimum qualifications for the NSF Science, Math & Engineering Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a Foothill College student who is enrolled in at least 12 units for Fall, Winter and Spring quarters of the academic year;
  • Be majoring in traditional laboratory science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Traditional laboratory science majors include biological sciences, chemistry, chemical biology, physics and any subdisciplines (clinical sciences and certificate-terminating programs such as dental hygiene, radiology technician, etc., are not traditional laboratory science);
  • Have completed or be enrolled in precalculus (MATH 48A) class or higher at the time of disbursement of funds;
  • Enroll and satisfactorily complete with a grade of C or better at least one STEM class each quarter (Fall, Winter and Spring) of the academic year to be eligible for quarterly disbursements and renewal of this scholarship for the second year of study at Foothill College;
  • File and demonstrate financial need through a current year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by the Financial Aid Office. For details, review Appeals may be considered only in special situations and on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, to continue qualifying for this scholarship, recipient (s) cannot repeat any STEM classes; must enroll in at least 2 STEM classes every quarter and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.  

To complete the scholarship application, you must submit a letter of recommendation written by a STEM instructor or a counselor from your most recent school; or for entering freshmen, from the graduating high school. You may submit either a hard copy of the recommendation letter; or obtain a hard copy of the recommendation letter then scan the letter, save it as a PDF document and attach it to the online scholarship application; or if the instructor/counselor prefers, he/she may email the letter to You must also attach a copy of your high school grade transcript, regardless if you attended high school in the U.S. or in another country. Scholarship finalists may be interviewed by the scholarship committee.

All scholarship materials must be submitted online by the posted deadline; no exceptions. Late materials will not be considered or accepted. Applying for scholarships is a competitive process. Not every student who applies for scholarships will be awarded a scholarship. For more information, e-mail Foothill College Physical Science, Mathematics & Engineering Division Dean Peter Murray, M.S., at

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Special Notice: All scholarship materials must be submitted online by the posted deadline; no exceptions. Late materials will not be considered or accepted.

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