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STEM Scholars

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The STEM Scholars Program is a selective and challenging honors program for graduating high school seniors that brings together high-achieving students interested in pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and wish to transfer to four-year colleges and universities at the end of their sophomore year.

As a STEM Scholar, you’ll focus on learning and practicing the technical, ethical, and communication skills needed to enter and succeed in the STEM-related fields that are critical to meeting growing workforce demand in our technology-driven economy. Opportunities are provided for academic research, mentorship, service learning, leadership development, travel, and cultural and recreational experiences. You can expect small classes, industry-experienced and accessible faculty, diverse student populations, hands-on learning, and cutting-edge technology in both the labs and the classrooms.

Learn how to apply to the STEM Scholars Program

  • Eligibility

    Students intending to pursue one of the STEM Program majors below are eligible:

    • Actuarial Science
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biotechnology
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Information Technology
    • Life Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Science
    • Pre-Allied Health
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Secondary Education majors in Mathematics, Chemistry, or Physics

    In addition to participation in one of the above programs, HCC reviews honors candidates from a holistic perspective. In general we expect successful candidates to demonstrate:

    • Challenging high school academic course load, including honors, GT, Advanced Placement, and/or International Baccalaureate coursework
    • Evidence of critical thinking, service rendered, and other potential factors
  • Curriculum

    A future in the sciences requires a solid educational foundation in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science, as well as writing and speech courses essential for communicating scientific and technical solutions. 

    Over the course of four semesters, as a STEM Scholars student, students will hone their skills in research, communications, teamwork, and career-planning by completing 15 credits in honors courses.  There will also be a 1-credit seminar each semester.

    Honors courses will be based upon the student's major.  There are many honors options in the math and sciences.

  • Transfer

    Howard Community College is a wise choice for launching a STEM career! 

    An HCC associate's degree provides a high quality yet affordable for transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

  • Resources

    For students interested in applying to the STEM Scholars program, please contact Dr. Loretta Tokoly, Program Director, for separate application information at  Current HCC students may be considered for STEM Scholars after completing one semester at HCC, have attained at least a 3.20 GPA and are enrolled in college level math courses.


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