STEM Scholars Program

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Honors Program

  • The STEM Scholars program is designed for motivated high school and college students who want to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and transfer to a four-year institution after completion of their associate degree at Carroll Community College.

    This honors program emphasizes hands-on research, professional development, and transfer preparation.

    STEM Scholars program features: 

    • Cohort Model
      Progress through the program with a group of approximately 20 high-achieving students while having the flexibility to take appropriate courses for your program of study.
    • One-on-One Advising
      Receive direction and guidance from your academic adviser, who is by your side from your first course all the way to graduation. 
    • A Dedicated Faculty Mentor
      Get the personalized guidance you need to strengthen your research skills and develop as a STEM Scholar.
    • Scholarship

      STEM Scholars receive $2000 over two years ($500 each semester) toward their tuition cost. 

    • Research Course
      A high-impact, rich, authentic and interdisciplinary undergraduate research course (2 credits).
    • Professional Development
      Take part in three complimentary seminar courses (0.5 credits each) where you will listen to industry guest speakers who work in the STEM field, create your résumé, and explore career and job opportunities.
    • Transfer Planning
      Participate in road trips to STEM industry and four-year transfer institutions. Receive help with planning your transfer to four-year schools from filling out applications to finding and applying for scholarships.

    Download  STEM Scholars Overview (PDF)

  • Become a STEM Scholar

  • Admissions Requirements

    • High school and college students with a cumulative of GPA 3.00 with no more than 30 college credits prior to the start of the academic year.
    • Students must have placed into credit courses through Carroll Community College's placement test (mathematics, reading and English), or through SAT or AP scores, or have completed required developmental courses at the College.
    • Students must be registered for at least 12 credits per semester or 30 credits per calendar year at Carroll Community College. 

    How to Apply

    Mail the following items to: 

    Admissions Office
    1601 Washington Road
    Westminster, MD 21157

    1. Completed STEM Scholars application
    2. Unofficial high school transcript, and, if applicable, college transcript
    3. Official AP, SAT or ACT scores (if any) 
    4. Recommendation letter from a teacher, school counselor or college faculty (optional, but recommended)
    5. Students’ course load, academic achievement, extracurricular and leadership activities are strong factors in the admissions process.

    Applications will be received and reviewed until seats in the program are filled. 

    Financial Aid for STEM Scholars

    All students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to the STEM Scholars Program and for other types of student financial aid. The Financial Aid Program at Carroll Community College is designed to assist eligible students in meeting their College-related expenses. Financial assistance is provided through scholarships, grants, and employment opportunities. Financial need is determined through a careful review of all information supplied on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at

  • Testimonials

    I met some great teammates and friends through STEM Scholars program. I am truly thankful to be given an awesome opportunity to explore my interests in STEM fields with a group of nerds like me. It also prepared me to find more opportunities on the road of success. It was one of the most exciting moments during the school year.

    Skylar Luo
    2017 – 2019: 2nd cohort

    The STEM Scholars gave me my start. I say this, because before I joined the STEM Scholars I lacked the necessary knowledge to approach my education sensibly. I had a lot to learn, and for me this program taught me that requisite knowledge. I attribute the connections that I have made and the successes that I have had to the skills that I have learned in this program. As I look forward to finishing my education and entering my career, I know that these skills will continue to assist me.

    Noah Simmons
    2016 – 2018: 1st cohort
    Recipient of Carroll President’s Excellence Academic Award (2018)

    Being a part of STEM Scholars has really transformed me. The experience I gained as a STEM Scholar has greatly developed my professionalism and has already been very beneficial to me in an IT employment opportunity for the summer. I was easily able to adapt to a working environment, and I have been putting the valuable skills of communication and documentation to good use. Additionally, my experience has prepared me well for transferring to UMBC. My decision to transfer to UMBC and the transfer process itself were both made easier because of STEM Scholars. My undergraduate research experience from the two semester-long research projects in STEM Scholars has prepared me well for future research work, and I am looking forward to the rest of my academic career at UMBC.

    Jack Wheaton
    2016 – 2018: 1st cohort