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2011 May 30 - 12:00 am


  • The College of Southern Maryland has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a program to recruit 102 academically talented, financially needy students to enter science, technology, engineering and math programs at the college. The CSM STEM Scholars Program will use NSF funds to provide scholarships, support services to increase retention and assistance to graduates in transitioning to further education or employment. Electronics technology, environmental technology, information services technology, biotechnology, mathematics/physical sciences, computer science and engineering are among the programs targeted by this grant. Scholarship recipients will receive awards of up to $5,000 per academic year over two academic years for tuition, fees and books. In addition, students in the program will receive mentorship by field-related specialists and potential summer employment opportunities in their field of study. Students will receive individual advising, tutorial support and other academic resources. The program is funded through 2015.

  • Neam Alazawi, a student in Henry Ford Community College’s Honors Program, recently won the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and is one of just 60 students from throughout the U.S. to win it. She is the third HFCC student in recent years to receive this scholarship, which is valued at $30,000 per year to cover a significant portion of her educational expenses toward her bachelor’s degree. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. Alazawi, a biology major, holds a 4.0 grade point average and has served as a peer mentor at HFCC since August 2010. Her family moved to the U.S. from Iraq two years ago. In addition to volunteering at HFCC, she volunteers in the refugee assistance program for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services.


  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has awarded a grant totaling $74,614 to Texarkana College. The Nursing Innovation Grant Program awarded the funds to the college for an at-risk student tracking and intervention project, which will allow Texarkana to implement strategies to promote successful completion for students enrolled in its associate degree nursing program. Texarkana College is one of 28 colleges and universities in the state of Texas that was funded through this $3 million grant program.

  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $3 million federal Title V grant to Santa Barbara City College (Calif.) to increase and accelerate the success, progression, degree completion and transfer preparation of students. The grant is the largest single grant in the college’s history and will be paid out over five years. The SBCC Express to Success Program will be an accelerated program with newly developed specialized curriculum, counseling, and other resources designed to guarantee that highly motivated students will complete their associate degree or transfer requirements in no more than three years. Qualified students must commit to full-time study (minimum of 12 units per semester and 6 units during the summer) and academic counseling and financial aid will be available to those that qualify.
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