National Science Foundation S-STEM ACCESS Scholarship Program

Achieving Community College Excellence for Scholarship Success
Science * Technology * Engineering * Mathematics

Thanks to a grant awarded to West Hills College Lemoore (WHCL) by the National Science Foundation, up to 25 students per year will be provided with an opportunity to participate in a scholarship and mentoring program designed to help them achieve their academic goals.

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time (12 or more units) at WHC Lemoore;
  • Be pursuing a degree in one of the STEM disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics);
  • Be a US citizen, US National, US Permanent Resident or Admitted Refugee;
  • Demonstrate academic potential or ability (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0));
  • Demonstrate financial need, defined for undergraduate students by the U.S. Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid.
  • Nursing, Health Science, and Kinesiology students are not eligible.

Successful applicants will receive:

  • Up to $4,176 per academic year ($2,088 per semester);
  • Academic advising and assistance;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Career services and counseling;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Faculty mentor.

To retain the NSF S-STEM ACCESS scholarship for the maximum four (4) semesters, recipients must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Maintain full time status at WHCL;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress toward a degree in a STEM discipline;
  • Continue to meet the federal financial aid requirements;
  • Participate in all required events in the program (including, but not limited to, regular group chat meetings and mentor meetings).

For further information contact:

Brian Abela
Chemistry Faculty
Office: 559-925-3793
Jameson Birrell
Math Faculty
Office: 559-925-3749
David Babb
Biology Faculty
Office: 559-925-3706
Carol Moreno
STEM Counselor
Office: 559-925-3334
Maria Gonzalez, M.S., CRC
STEM Counselor
Office: 559-925-3244


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