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C3STEM: Community Colleges Collaborating in STEM

Overview of the Program

C3STEM is a partnership between Mount St. Mary’s University, Frederick Community College, and Montgomery College to support community college transfer students at Mount St. Mary’s University as they prepare for a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). C3STEM provides scholarship funds of $10,000 per year and a comprehensive pre- and post-transfer support system designed to improve student retention and promote placement in a STEM career or graduate education. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM (Scholarships in STEM) program, which seeks to broaden the participation and success of underrepresented students in STEM by increasing the number of academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who earn degrees in STEM fields.

Consult with a Faculty Director

Have questions about the C3STEM Scholarship Program? Sign up for a one-on-one Zoom meeting with a faculty director at your community college or at MSMU. Meetings are for 15 minutes and can be scheduled on business days.

Montgomery College – Dr. Aubrey Smith and Dr. Franklin Gavilanez

Frederick Community College – Prof. Dina Yagodich

Mount St. Mary’s University – Dr. Rosie Bolen

Eligibility Requirements

The program is designed for students at Frederick Community College and Montgomery College who want to complete a B.S. degree at MSMU in preparation for a STEM career. STEM, as defined by the National Science Foundation, does not include careers in the health professions.

Applicants for C3STEM must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have completed 30 community college credits
  • Be eligible for a Pell Grant
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an alien admitted as a refugee
  • Have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA in their STEM community college classes and overall
  • Intend to major in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math, computer science or cybersecurity

How Do I Apply?

  • Learn about transferring to the Mount and complete our free online transfer application.
  • Complete the C3STEM Scholarship Application. In addition to completing the application, you will submit a writing sample from a graded assignment in a community college course and one letter of recommendation from a community college professor familiar with your potential to succeed in STEM.
  • Applicants are required to complete the FAFSA. The Mount St. Mary’s Title IV School Code is 002086.
  • C3STEM application materials will be accepted until March 1, 2022. Finalists will be invited to interview.

Components of the C3STEM Program

Pre-transfer support (after acceptance and before matriculation):

  • Intensive advising by community college and MSMU faculty
  • Academic transition planning
  • Career development planning
  • Opportunities to participate in MSMU curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular events (e.g., sit in on classes; attend seminars, athletic events, events sponsored by Student Life, etc.)

Post-transfer support (after matriculation):

  • Support from peer mentors
  • Academic Skills for Success course
  • Monthly Scholar meetings for goal-setting, activity planning and educational programming
  • Intensive faculty advising
  • Individualized career counseling
  • Funds available for professional development activities
  • Research stipend

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