ACCESS to STEM Scholarship

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM workers drive our nation's innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies, and new industries.  In the past ten years, STEM jobs have grown three times faster than non-STEM jobs.  Moreover, STEM workers make 26% more than those not employed in STEM fields.  Choosing to pursue a degree in a STEM field of study is a smart choice for your future prosperity.

What is the OCTC ACCESS to STEM Scholarship?

NSF LogoOwensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) received a grant from the National Science Foundation to implement the OCTC Achieving Community College Educational Success Scholarship to STEM (OCTC ACCESS TO STEM) project.  The project is designed to increase the pool of skilled technicians in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from which to hire the next generation workforce. 

Through the grant, OCTC is awarding approximately 17 - 20 scholarships annually to promising students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs of study.  Selected scholars will receive up to $6000 annually, based on the student's unmet need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Which OCTC Programs are eligible?

Click on the links to find out more about each program.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be an incoming freshman in the upcoming Fall semester and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen or national, refugee, or lawful alien
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)
  • Plan to major in one of the above programs
  • Demonstrate academic potential, as determined by one of the following:
    • Composite ACT score of 21    OR
    • COMPASS placement scores of 50 algebra / 85 reading / 81 writing   OR
    • High school GPA of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need, as defined by the US Department of Education
  • Demonstrate professionalism, as determined by expressed motivation, time management abilities, and communication skills.

For more information and an application click on the links to the left.  You can also contact any of the following faculty grant team members.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (NSF Award 1259032).  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.