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

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 insightful direction 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 costs.
  • Research Course  – Take a high-impact, rich, interdisciplinary undergraduate research course (2 credits).
  • Professional Development  – Participate in three complementary seminar courses (0.5 credits each) where you will listen to guest speakers in the STEM field, create your résumé and explore career opportunities.
  • Road Trips – Visit STEM industries and 4-year transfer institutions.
  • Transfer Planning – Receive help with planning your transfer to 4-year schools, from filling out applications to applying for scholarships.
  • Graduating high school and college students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 with no more than 30 college credits or equivalent prior to the start of the academic year at Carroll Community College.
  • 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.

Carroll Community College offers many merit-based and need-based institutional scholarships. Students accepted into an honors program at Carroll who complete the FAFSA (if able) and Carroll’s scholarship application process will be guaranteed a minimum of a $2,000 scholarship award ($500 per semester).

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 410-386-8430 or

  1. Apply to Carroll online now (if you are already a dual enrollment student or have already applied, skip this step)
  2. Apply to the STEM Scholars Program.
  3. Complete STEM Scholars supplemental requirements which include:
    • Unofficial high school transcript, and, if applicable, college transcript
    • Official college entrance exam scores (SAT or ACT from College Board) are optional for applicants. There is no disadvantage to not submitting your test scores. However, you are welcome to submit them if you feel they will strengthen your application. Many students place directly into courses with their high school grade point average. After review the committee may ask for placement testing at the College.
    • Recommendation letter from a teacher, school counselor or college faculty
    • Students’ course load, academic achievement, extracurricular and leadership activities are strong factors in the admissions process.
  • Early Action: December 16, 2022
  • Regular Decision: February 17, 2023
  • Delayed Decision: Rolling deadline until full

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed until seats in the program are filled.

Early applications will begin to be reviewed in January and most students will be required to submit 2nd marking period grades before being admitted. Contact the Admissions to schedule an appointment if you have questions at 410-386-8430 or

Being a part of STEM Scholars has really transformed me… 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

Faculty Focus: Raza Khan

Dr. Raza Khan has got teaching down to a science! An associate professor at Carroll Community College for more than a decade, he serves as both Chair of its Sciences Division and Director of its STEM Scholars program. “I love engaging students,” Khan said, “both within and outside the classrooms…

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For more information on the STEM Honors Program, please contact:

Dr. Raza Khan, Director of STEM Scholars
410-386-8222 |

Candace Edwards, Senior Director, Enrollment Development
410-386-8405 |