Hudson County Community College receives magazine award for STEM programs


Hudson County Community College received the “Inspiring Programs in STEM award” from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for their S-Stem Scholarship Program.

Photo courtesy of Hudson County Community College.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We joined an alliance of New Jersey community colleges participating in the Rutgers University-based Scholarship-STEM (S-STEM) program that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF),” HCCC President Dr. Christopher Reber said in a statement.

“We are proud to announce that our ‘Sustainable Pathways from Community College to Bachelor’s Degree for Urban Youth in STEM (S-STEM)’ program has been recognized with the 2023 ‘Inspiring Programs in STEM’ Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.”

The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from traditionally underrepresented groups to enter STEM fields.

HCCC and other award recipients will be featured in the September 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The HCCC S-STEM program provides students who are academically talented and have financial need with the academic and financial resources to successfully transfer to a baccalaureate STEM program.

The $2,000 S-STEM scholarship covers expenses beyond tuition, including textbooks, computers, and living expenses.

Additionally, scholarship recipients have access to a site coordinator who becomes familiar with the students and their needs and provides direct advising and mentoring. Since the program began in 2018, 139 HCCC students have received S-STEM scholarships.

S-STEM students participate in research experiences at four-year institutions, internship opportunities, cross-campus peer mentoring, S-STEM Learning Communities, and STEM club activities.

This also includes a wide range of annual events including the STEM Research Conference, Transfer Fair, “You Got This!” event for STEM resumé advice, plus additional summer research opportunities and mentoring.

“We have achieved outstanding results with our S-STEM program,” added HCCC School of STEM Dean Dr. Burl Yearwood.

“The scholarship enables program participants to spend more time on their studies, and, as a result, more than 90% of the students transfer to four-year institutions such as New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Smith College, Rutgers University, and State University of New York (SUNY), to name a few.”

HCCC S-STEM students have participated in the Simons-NYU Science Explorations Program, a three-week, residential research initiative, and one former S-STEM scholar who transferred to NJIT is now employed as an Analyst at SGS North America, Inc., a leading testing, inspection and certification company.

The S-STEM program at HCCC is actively recruiting high-achieving, full-time, traditionally underrepresented students. The application is available online here.

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