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A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides scholarships to students studying in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as well as support for additional activities such as mentoring and field trips. Results of the program will be shared with the NSF.

Johnson County Community College was awarded a five-year grant totaling $644,760 from the National Science Foundation to create the JCCC STEM Scholars Program and to research its efficacy in retaining students to graduation in a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field. The program is comprised of three parts: scholarships, program activities and research.

The grant has been funded through the 2020-21 academic year, with Spring 2021 as the final award term. JCCC is applying for the next level grant.


Up to six scholarships a semester are awarded to incoming students of JCCC who plan to study in a STEM field.

Students who complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the JCCC scholarship application are notified whether they qualify for the STEM Scholars program. Recipients must show financial need and meet other criteria.

A JCCC committee selects STEM Scholars from this pool based on an interview and supplemental information.

STEM Scholars then may receive up to $10,000 for one year to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and other expenses. Actual scholarship award amount will be determined based on a number of factors.

Program Activities

STEM Scholars also receive non-monetary assistance to assure academic success.

  • Mentoring: Scholars become part of a guided cohort group which includes mentoring and regular meetings throughout the year. After the first semester, the scholars act as mentors to the next class of scholars, sharing their experience at JCCC and within the STEM Scholars program.
  • Required resource center visits: Each scholar is expected to visit resource centers weekly to gain free tutoring help.
  • Meetings and activities: STEM Scholars meet throughout fall and spring semesters for enrichment activities such as field trips to STEM-related businesses or museums. These opportunities for networking also give group participants a chance to know each other and provide a social support system.


JCCC’s Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research will track the progress of the students and report to the NSF certain key statistics, including whether JCCC STEM Scholars successfully transfer to a four-year school and graduate with a degree in STEM.