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    Our mission

    nsf1-transparent-webThe STEM Career Opportunities in Nebraska: Networks, Experiential-learning, and Computational Thinking (STEM CONNECT) is an NSF-funded S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholarship program forming a partnership among the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Southeast Community College (SCC), and Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC).

    STEM CONNECT awards scholarships to and provides curricular and co-curricular support to academically talented, low-income students with interest in careers that require strong skills in mathematics or computer science.


    To be eligible for a STEM CONNECT scholarship, a student must:

    • be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), permanent resident or alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act;
    • be enrolled full time in a STEM-focused academic transfer program at SCC or WNCC or a bachelor's degree program at UNL majoring in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering at the time the scholarship is awarded;
    • have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FASFA.

    How to apply

    We will be begin reviewing applications for Fall 2020 starting on February 15. The deadline for applying as an SCC student is March 31.

    • If you would like to be considered for the scholarship as a UNL student, you must complete the STEM CONNECT application in MyRED.
    • If you would like to be considered for the scholarship as an SCC or WNCC student, you must complete the Fall 2020 application in the CSMCE Application Portal at
    • If you would like to be considered by both UNL and one of the community colleges, you must complete both processes. Start with MyRED and then go to the CSMCE Application Portal to be considered at SCC or WNCC.

    Benefits of the STEM CONNECT program

    • Community. STEM CONNECT Scholars will be part of a community of Scholars who share an interest in learning mathematics and computer science.
    • Proven curriculum. STEM CONNECT Scholars will have the opportunity to take special sections of five courses with their cohort during their first two years of support: two mathematics courses, two computer science courses, and a 1-credit seminar. The courses will be offered at all three institutions.
    • Mentoring. Scholars will be supported by a network of mentors, including a faculty mentor who meets regularly with mentees and participates in program activities, a peer mentor, and a staff adviser. Many STEM CONNECT Scholars also will have the opportunity to work as a Peer Mentor or a Learning Assistant and thus mentor newer STEM CONNECT Scholars.
    • The STEM CONNECT Seminar. Starting in Fall 2020, all STEM CONNECT Scholars will participate in a 1-credit course their first semester as a STEM CONNECT Scholar and bimonthly seminars in subsequent semesters. The seminar is designed to help students develop their leadership potential, gain valuable academic skills, become aware of available support services and resources on their campuses, build a common identity within the STEM CONNECT community, and learn about STEM career and education options. Once each month, the seminar will be held jointly on all three campuses using Zoom and will feature a guest speaker.


    What you need to know

    • STEM CONNECT Scholarships are need-based, with a maximum of $8,000/year. A student’s financial need is determined by U.S. Department of Education rules based on information provided with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
    • Scholarships are renewable subject to the program’s eligibility criteria for up to four total years at UNL or for two years at SCC or WNCC. SCC and WNCC students who transfer to UNL are eligible for two additional years of support at UNL.
    • A limited number of STEM CONNECT Scholarships will be awarded to current UNL, SCC and WNCC students starting in Spring 2020. Additional scholarships will be available to students who will be first-time freshman starting in Fall 2020 at UNL, SCC or WNCC.
    • At UNL you must be majoring in mathematics, computer science, computer engineering, or software engineering at the time the scholarship is awarded.
    • At SCC and WNCC, you must be in the academic transfer program at the time the scholarship is awarded, with a commitment to take math and computer science courses.
    • Scholars must maintain a 2.75 GPA in their first year of college or their first year after transferring to UNL and at least a 3.0 GPA in subsequent years. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional eligibility information.

    Contact us with any questions at