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About the SAMS S-STEM
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MCCC S-STEM Scholarship Program (SAMS)
Scholarships for Advancing Mercer STEM Students

The National Science Foundation Mercer County Community College (MCCC), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is pleased to announce the establishment of an S-STEM Scholarship Program (Scholarships for Advancing Mercer STEM Students (SAMS)). This five year, $600,000 program is designed to provide scholarships to financially needy STEM majors (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, technology, or math) and support these students for two years in acquiring their associate's degrees and/or facilitating their transfer to four-year institutions for continued STEM studies.

What are the advantages of becoming a SAMS Scholar?

  • Become part of a learning community of peers and faculty making you more likely to achieve a higher GPA and increase the likelihood of both graduating with an associate's degree and successfully transferring to a 4-year institution.
  • Participate in a Summer Bridge Program that facilitates your transition to college.
  • Benefit from review sessions, tutoring, and personal mentoring/academic advising by MCCC's outstanding science, engineering, and math faculty.
  • Attend weekly cohort meetings with other students in the program to develop study skills and college success strategies and to explore transfer and career options in STEM.
  • In your second year, be encouraged to participate in independent undergraduate research in STEM or become a trained and certified peer-tutor for a STEM gateway course.
  • Receive assistance in preparing for transfer to four-year institutions.
  • Receive a scholarship award of $4,350 each year, for up to two years.

Who is eligible for the program?
Incoming and current MCCC students who have recently declared or plan to declare a major in STEM (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, technology, or math) are encouraged to apply. Under-represented groups, women, and veterans interested in pursuing a degree in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. Submission of a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be required to demonstrate financial need.

Students interested in applying for the SAMS program must:
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  • Declare a STEM major
  • Be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee alien

How to apply to the program:
Students interested in the SAMS program should:

  • Complete a SAMS student application.
  • Submit a one-page personal essay (up to 300 words), describing your academic and career plans.
  • Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from either a teacher or professional (STEM field preferred)
  • Provide either Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT scores in Math, English, and Reading.
  • Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript.

What happens when I am accepted into the program?
Newly accepted SAMS Scholars will be paired with a STEM faculty member who will provide personal academic advising and mentoring for the duration of the two-year program. Students will then be enrolled with full-time status in a STEM curriculum. SAMS Scholars will also be required to participate in STEM seminars, weekly cohort meetings, transfer advising, and meet regularly with a STEM faculty member.

What is the Pre-Freshman Summer Bridge Program?
SAMS Scholars who apply as graduating high school seniors will be eligible to enroll in a Summer Bridge Program. This program is designed to prepare students to succeed in their introductory courses and promote peer support.

How do I find out more about the SAMS Program?
To find our more about the SAMS Program, email us at


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (1458266)

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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