Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

College Awarded $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant


(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • January 12, 2018)—The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Delaware County Community College a $650,000 grant from its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The grant will be used by the College to provide scholarships and support to qualified, academically talented, financially underprivileged students interested in STEM professions. It is the second NSF grant the College has received in the past two years, but the first from the S-STEM program.

The grant will enable the College to utilize its existing STEM programs, high-tech STEM Center and state-of-the-art educational facilities to provide assistance to 40 students over a five-year period. Participants will work together in learning cohorts of ten students and will receive mentoring, tutoring, internship and cooperative education opportunities, exposure to guest STEM speakers and careers through seminars and field trips, as well as enhanced assistance for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Studies show that learning cohorts can be instrumental in building student self-esteem, sense of purpose and persistence, which are valuable attributes for college success. Also, by encouraging participation of groups who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM majors, the initiative is expected to increase access to educational and professional pathways for a diverse body of students, including women, people of color, students with disabilities and the economically disadvantaged.

To participate in the College’s “Supporting Talent for Academic Recruitment in STEM” (STARS) program, students must have either a high school or general equivalency diploma, a minimum 3.0 grade point average, and either plan to enroll, or be currently enrolled, full-time (12 credits per semester) in either the Engineering program or Mathematics/Natural Science programs at the College.

Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF is an independent federal agency with a $7.5 billion annual budget that supports science and engineering research and education.

For more information about the College’s STARS program, contact Associate Professor of Biology Sandra Devenny at sdevenny@dccc.edu or at 610-359-5246. To sign up for email updates and information about applying when it becomes available, sign up for the STARS Program email list

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