San Jacinto College offers scholarships for students pursuing careers in STEM

09.19.2014 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

San Jacinto College offers scholarships to assist students who are pursuing education and career training in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 

These include the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation Scholars (LSAMP) Program; the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) Challenge Scholarship Program; and the SJC-STEM Scholarship Program.
Gabriel Medrano applied for and received an LSAMP scholarship and participated in the program's summer internship at San Jacinto College. Now at the University of Houston, he continues to benefit from the scholarship.

"I received my robotics internships at San Jacinto College because of the LSAMP scholarship, and that helped me to learn how to work great under pressure and manage my time," said Medrano. "I also learned how to communicate effectively and teach kids how to program robots, which helped me to understand everything better."

Over the years, more than 225 LSAMP scholarships have been awarded to San Jacinto College students. The program, funded through the National Science Foundation, is designed to increase the number of minority students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in STEM and to better prepare them for graduate degrees. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), mathematics, physics, and related areas and who meet the selection criteria are eligible to apply. Recipients are awarded $700 per semester.

The T-STEM Challenge Scholarship Program follows a proven model of success and retention – financial, academic, and community support through scholarships in addition to tutorial assistance and mentorship programs with students, faculty, and industry leaders. The scholarship program is funded through grants provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The program supports qualified, high-achieving full-time students enrolled in courses or degree programs that lead to careers in STEM. The College awards approximately 100 T-STEM scholarships per year, at amounts depending on the number of hours a student is taking. Maximum amount per year is $2,500.  

The SJC-STEM Scholarship Program offers merit scholarships based on past and continued student performance in specific instructional programs. Students in their second year are encouraged to apply. Recipients selected will receive $500 for full-time course load or $250 per semester for part-time course load. 

"We offer these scholarships to help students who not only need financial assistance for their STEM education, but who need experience in research and real-world application through our summer robotics internships," said Sharon Sledge, mathematics professor at San Jacinto College who serves on the STEM Council. "Many of our scholarship recipients successfully transfer to universities to continue their studies in the STEM fields, and they're able to receive even more scholarships when showing the work they've done here through either building our robotics website or assisting with science experiments during school visits to our labs or with our many FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competitions and camps."

For more information about STEM scholarships at San Jacinto College, visit

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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