West Texas A&M University received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fall 2008 for Connecting Community College Transfers for STEM Success (C3) as a Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program.
The goal of the C3 program is to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of students completing degrees in all STEM fields by providing academic, social, and financial support to community college transfer students choosing to major in the following STEM fields:
- Animal Science
- Computer Science
- Engineering Technology
- Environmental Science
- Plant and Soil Science
The objectives of the C3 program are:
- Retain community college STEM students by recruiting them to transfer to WTAMU as a STEM major after completing their associate's degrees
- Increase the academic achievement of STEM Community College transfers by offering financial, academic and social support while pursuing a STEM degree.
Between fall 2008 and fall 2011, C3 has awarded ?? scholarship totaling $. The C3 program is built upon the goal of integrating our community college transfers into the WTAMU STEM community.
The C3 Support Program
New scholars may participate in a 1-hour transfer orientation course designed to address many of the social and academic barriers that transfer students often face. In this course, students will be immediately immersed into a learning community of STEM transfer students, all facing the same institutional transition. Some opportunities presented in this course will be:
- Conversation with the WTAMU Registrar to address registration related issues and concerns
- Conversation with the WTAMU Transfer Coordinator in order to understand evaluation of community college transcripts
- Conversation with the Director of Financial Aid to learn more about the financial aid process and opportunities
- Presentations from faculty regarding undergraduate research opportunities
- Presentation from the WTAMU Office of Career Services regarding internships and job applications
- Discussions of pre-professional student organization opportunities
Student-student, faculty-student, and industry-student mentoring programs and workshops will support scholars throughout their degree programs.
C3 scholars will be provided opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and summer internship programs.
C3 scholars will have access to a wide range of additional support services and organizations such as the WTAMU Math Lab, Educational Services, and Student Services Tutoring Assistance to provide maximized educational support.
Student Selection Process and Criteria:
Students applying for the C3 scholars program must
• be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees
• be enrolled in one of the following fields of study: Animal Science, Bio-Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, Pre-Engineering or Wildlife Biology.
• complete the WTAMU General Scholarship Application
• complete the FAFSA
• qualify for financial aid as determined by the WTAMU Office of Financial Aid
• provide complete transcripts (required for new students for admission to university)
• demonstrate academic potential in their STEM field of study
Applications will generally be accepted from February 1 through May 1 for the upcoming fall semester,but students may apply at anytime throughout the academic year.
Scholarship Renewal Criteria:
Scholarships of continuing C3 scholars will be eligible for renewal each year provided that the scholars
• maintain full-time enrollment in one of the previously listed STEM fields of study
• have a cumulative GPA greater than a 2.8 (exceptions may be granted for scholars having a GPA greater
than their cumulative GPA during the most recent academic term).
The determination of continuing eligibility will be made each year at the conclusion of the spring semester.