Nearly $600,000 grant awarded to Onondaga by the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program has awarded a grant in the amount of $599,757 to Onondaga Community College. The grant will be used to fund scholarships for students enrolled in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) studying STEM disciplines.

CSTEP is a program dedicated to increasing the number of college graduates from ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in technical-related fields as well as individuals from economically disadvantaged families who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Through this grant, the College will implement its “+Program,” which combines NSF scholarships with the New York state-funded CSTEP program.  A limited number of students in Onondaga’s CSTEP program will be selected on a competitive basis as NSF Scholars to receive up to $10,000 per year in scholarships, depending on financial need.

“This project will assist the College in building on its commitment to student success and help us continue to develop long-term strategies to improve overall enrollment and performance in STEM disciplines,” said OCC President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D.

The first scholarships are expected to be awarded in October 2007. For more information, call Onondaga’s CSTEP office at (315) 498-2507.