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STEM - Undergraduate Research, Enrichment, Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs

​​​Thinking of majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics-related field but concerned about the cost?  Looking for an undergraduate research opportunity, or an enrichment/internship program?  Take advantage of the many different opportunities offered to STEM students at SCC!

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

SCC has a dedicated Financial Aid office in room E-104, with staff who are committed to promoting student financial access.  Federal and State grants, work-study programs, and student loans options make funding your STEM education a reality.  For more information, visit the SCC Financial Aid website by clicking here.


Students at SCC also have access to a multitude of scholarships to help pay for education expenses.  Our Scholarship Office is located with Financial Aid in E-104. 

Here are a few of the many additional scholarships that may be available to students at SCC:

STEM-related Scholarships:

  • SCC's STEM Academy:
    Southern California Edison STEM Scholarship opportunity can be found in the current SCC Scholarship Application System online!
  • SCC's Scholarship Page: with several resources and links for scholarship information - click here.
  • UCLA's Center for Community College Partnerships Scholars Program - click here.
  • SMART: Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation scholarship page - click here.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program: Scholarships offered to minority students pursuing degrees in Chemistry or Chemistry-related fields - click here.
  • AFCEA Educational Foundation: STEM Teaching scholarship program - click here.
  • STEM Scholarship for Student Veterans - click here.
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), awarding more than $4 million dollars per year to unrepresented minority students - click here.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund, in partnership with:
    1. GE Hispanic Forum Scholarship Program - click here
    2. Marathon Oil Corp. College Scholarship Program - click here.
    3. Morgan Stanley Foundation Scholarship Program - click here.
  • Women in Aerospace Scholarship - click here.

General Scholarships:

  • South Coast Higher Education Council Scholarship - Designed for students who will be transferring to a partner university.  For more info, click here.
  • College Board's scholarship search page - click here.
  • FastWeb's scholarship search page - click here.
  • Scholarship Experts search page - click here.
  • Scholarship America, because college doesn't happen by chance - click here.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, selecting 1,000 students per year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to be used at any university of your choice - click here
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, increasing Hispanic college graduates by providing scholarships and assistance to students and their families - click here.
  • UNCF Scholarships page - click here.





Student Research and Enrichment Programs

Students at SCC may be interested in participating in one of the several STEM-related Research and Enrichment Programs at local universities, as well as public and private industry partners, including:               

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at UC Irvine: a host of undergraduate research opportunities affiliated with UCI faculty and campus programs - click here.
  • Summer Medical & Dental Education Program @ UCLAa 6-week summer enrichment program through the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA's School of Dentistry.  For more information - click here.
  • NASA Internships:  A list of several NASA internship sites across the country - click here.
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL):  Summer research, enrichment, and internship programs at JPL, located in Pasadena, CA - click here.
  • National Institute of Health - Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - click here.
  • Various research opportunities provided by the National Science Foundation - click here.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges  Summer Enrichment Program database - click here.
  • UC Berkeley "Transfer To Excellence Summer Research Program": With options in Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Robotics - click here.
  • UC Berkeley Opto-Camp: 3 day residency experience to expose students to careers in optometry - click here​.
  • USC - Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI):  9-week summer internship  in a microbiology/geochemistry lab - click here.
  • Ohio State University-I DOC: 3 day program to expose underrepresented students to careers in optometry - click here.
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Summer Research Opportunity - click here.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - STEM Summer Internship Program: a 10-week program with options in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and more! Participants receive $6,000 stipend and travel expenses paid. For more info, click here.
  • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science - Science & Mass Media Program a 10-week program that places Science, Math and Engineering majors at media organizations nationwide. For more info, click here.

Check back Soon - we will be adding additional information on STEM-related opportunities as they become available!