South Texas College has received a significant grant directly from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support students in STEM fields. NSF awarded $649,369 as part of its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant to provide scholarships to two cohorts of 20 undergraduate students pursuing an associate degree in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. STC’s Board of Trustees approved the grant at its regular board meeting on Jan. 28. The funding period for the grant will be from Jan. 1 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024.

“The project aims to increase student persistence, retention, transfer, and graduation in STEM fields by linking scholarships with structured student professional development activities,” said Dr. Virginia Champion, Executive Director of Resource Development, Management and Compliance.

“The grant will foster student success by providing educational opportunities that enable a seamless transfer to advanced degrees,” Dr. Esmaeili, Dean of STC’s Math, Science and Bachelor Programs, said. “It will provide an effective support structure that will promote persistence, educational attainment, academic achievement, as well as personal and professional growth.” (

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