National Grant Provides Scholarships for STEM Majors

Once again, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing scholarships for current, fulltime Essex County College students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Associate degree programs. The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S-STEM) awards are $2,000 per semester.

S-STEM is geared toward financially needy, academically talented students majoring in the STEM fields. Students must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average and been awarded financial aid, such as a Pell grant.    

Dr. Jill Stein, ECC Professor of Biology, said the College has been participating for five years in the NSF scholarship program. To date, she said that 51 ECC students have received the scholarship awards. 

“The S-STEM grant provides students the additional funds that financial aid doesn’t cover. I urge eligible students to apply for this grant. It’s money that the student can use for any educational purpose,” said Dr. Stein.   

Essex received a portion of the NSF award as a participant in a Rutgers University-Newark led initiative along with two other community colleges.  

Although this is the last year of the 5-year NSF grant initiative, Dr. Stein said the College is working toward extending this program.  

“These additional funds are critical for so many of our students to be able to remain in college. I certainly agree with Dr. Stein in encouraging our eligible students to apply for the NSF grants,” said ECC President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye. 

Applications for the NSF grants are being accepted through January 28, 2022.

The application can be found at

Questions may be sent to [email protected].