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Scholarships provide students with opportunities to attend college, advance their knowledge and skills for workforce preparedness, and help them prepare for both academic opportunities and financial challenges after transfer. About one in five students require financial aid; and as Foothill positions itself to build greater access to STEM education and technical careers for underserved populations, scholarships become ever more important for these students.

The scholarships focus on academically talented, financially needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university to complete an undergraduate degree in an engineering, math or science major.  A major challenge for many students at Foothill College, especially students who are financially disadvantaged, is the need to work many hours to support themselves and/or their family.  The demanding academic load of a STEM major only adds to the challenge. The Science Learning Institute scholarships will lower financial barriers and motivate our students while attending college full-time and preparing to transfer. The average cost for a Foothill live-at-home student with no dependents is $11,700 and with dependents $18,000.

The scholarships will range up to $4,200 per year for 3 years.

Scholarship Recipients 2014 - 2015

To be announced.

Apply for a scholarship at the Foothill-De Anza District Financial Aid Scholarship site.

  • NSF Scholarship deadline is November 1st.

Scholarship Recipients 2013 - 2014

Congratulations to the 12 National Science Foundation (NSF) and 5 Science Learning Institute (SLI) Scholars. Each award is worth $4,200 per academic year. The Scholars were selected based upon financial need and potential for success as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) student. The Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to transfer into a 4-year institution as a STEM major. Besides the financial award, the students will be assigned a faculty mentor as well as provided additional educational benefits.

National Science Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Claudia Aliguillen Biochemistry
Jeannette Arnold Engineering
Kimberly Cacatian Biology
Caleb Fink Physics
Victoria Hughes Biology
Marshall Khinno Mechanical Engineering
Insik Kim Mechanical/Electrical Enginneering
Ignacio Magana Hernandez Physics
Sean Rader Chemical Engineering
Bhavdeep Singh Biology
Teresa Spix Biology
Stephanie Zhang Chemical Biology

Science Learning Institute Scholarship Recipients

Boning Hou Engineering
Bryan Jennings Physics/CS
Walter Pascual Electrical Engineering
Jacqueline Simion Engineering (Biomedical)
Dorian Vargas-Reighley Biology

The scholarship may be renewed for the second year of studying at Foothill College if the recipient continues meeting the minimum qualifications of the scholarship.

There are still unallocated NSF Scholarships and they will be posted soon. Check the Scholarship website:

Progress Report

A primary outcome of the S-STEMWay program is to promote the successful transfer of STEM scholars to STEM programs at four-year institutions. Given that this program aims to target entering Freshmen, many of the Scholars had not yet achieved sufficient degree preparation for transfer following this first year of the two-year reporting cycle. However, many of the applicants to the program were in their final year of lower division STEM major’s preparation at the time of application (Fall of 2013). By the end of this first year (2013-2014), 6/12 scholars had earned sufficient credits (≥ 90) to achieve Junior class standing. Of these, 100% reported their plans to transfer to four-year institutions. Most transferred to University of California campuses. All of these students are continuing their studies in STEM fields, as shown below:

Transfer Institution Major
UC Davis Chemistry
UC Davis Chemical Engineering
UC Berkeley Biology
UC San Diego Mechanical Engineering
UC Santa Cruz Phsics
Arizona State University Mechanical Engineering

These transfer rates are higher than transfer rates reported for the whole of STEM students at Foothill. There were 996 students at Foothill that had declared STEM majors and had been enrolled at Foothill for two years. Of these 996 STEM students, 364 (37%) of them transferred to a four-year university by the summer of 2014. (Note: At the time of this report, our data is limited to those students who were enrolled at Foothill in both 2012-13 and 2013-14, and therefore does not include students who enroll at Foothill for just one year immediately prior to transfer. These numbers are not available to us until September.)

In order for students to gain admission to these highly selective institutions, they needed to maintain competitive Grade Point Averages. The average cumulative GPA held by the scholarship winners for all three quarters was 3.60 at end of the Fall 2013 quarter, 3.41 at the end of Winter 2014, and 3.55 at the end of Spring 2014. Three of the twelve scholars did not meet the 3.0 minimum for scholarship renewal in Spring 2014. There was no marked trend in each student’s cumulative GPA from one quarter to the next, although in general students suffered a small drop in their cumulative GPA’s from Fall to Spring. This drop was small for the nine students that remained in the program in Spring (Average change = 0.05). Despite the small drop, the scholars’ Spring average GPA of 3.55 GPA remained considerably higher than that of the general population of STEM majors at Foothill College. For example, the average cumulative GPA of students who declared a STEM major in 2013-2014 was 2.58 (2876 students).

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