Mercer County Community College is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in West Windsor, New Jersey.
Mercer County Community College has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund STEM scholarships. The scholarships is mostly for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
While the grant will provide 116 full-tuition scholarships to students majoring in STEM disciplines over the next five years. This is Mercer’s first grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The college’s Vice President of academic affairs, Dr. Eun-Woo Chang expressed delight and said in a statement “We live in a technology-driven economy, and we continue to see tremendous job growth in science and high-tech fields” .
“We are pleased that the (National Science Foundation) has selected us for this important project, as it speaks well of our talented faculty members and their ability to provide a quality STEM education,” Chang said.
The grant program will be led by Chang and Jim Maccariella, an engineering professor.
“We are grateful for this opportunity, which gives us the ability to open our program to the next generation of technology innovators,” Maccariella said in a statement.
The S-STEM program is designed to support scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating financial need, enabling them to enter the STEM workforce or STEM graduate school following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate-level degree in STEM disciplines. MCCC is responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting scholar demographic information, and managing the S-STEM project.
“Mercer has produced numerous graduates who have gone on to very successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Jim Maccariella, Professor of Engineering at MCCC. “We are grateful for this opportunity, which gives us the ability to open our program to the next generation of technology innovators.”
The project will be led by Maccariella and Chang, along with other project members, will be in charge of selecting academically-talented recipients in need of financial assistance to receive the scholarships.
Students interested in applying for the scholarship can contact Maccariella.