S-STAR Scholarship

The overarching scholarship goal is to increase the number of students who transfer and complete a bachelor degree in a STEM discipline by offering, on a competitive basis, monetary support to financially needy students who have shown academic aptitude to succeed in STEM. Women, underrepresented groups, and first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply. Awards are up to $4,000 per year based on unmet financial need. The scholarship may be renewed each year until transferring.


  1. Student must meet the criterion of financial aid need as defined by the United States department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Student must be a United States citizen, national, or alien admitted as a refugee at the time of application, or alien admitted for permanent residence
  3. Student must have declared a STEM major
  4. Student must be enrolled as a full-time STEM student in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
  5. For Level 1 applicants: completion or assessment into Intermediate Algebra (Math 125) and minimum high school GPA of 3.00. For Level 2 and 3 applicants: completion of assessment into Pre-calculus (Math 260) or above and minimum transfer GPA of 2.8 with a 3.0 in STEM coursework at time of application.


  1. Copy of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Award Letter
  2. A 500-words essay explaining your interest in pursuing a STEM career, the obstacles you may face while at ELAC, and future goals. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, and 12-point size.
  3. For Level 1 applicants – high school transcripts showing a minimum GPA of 3.0. For Level 2 and 3 applicants – Unofficial college transcripts showing minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and STEM GPA of 3.0 in transferable courses.
  4. Copy of student’s educational plan signed by STEM Counselor
  5. For Level 1 applicants: Two recommendation letters from a STEM high school teacher. For Level 2 and 3 applicants: Two recommendation letters from a STEM faculty member.
  6. Complete MESA application for those who qualify, if not ELAC MESA member already

Please feel free to contact us for additional information. To apply for S-STAR Scholarship, please fill out our application!