Creating a Community of Scholars: Outcomes and Interventions of a Four-Year Community College STEM Scholarship Program
This project describes degree and other outcomes after four years of a specific S-STEM scholarship program at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), located in Maryland USA . This scholarship program was aimed at increasing degree attainment at the community college level in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields. From Fall 2014 through Spring 2018, 101 fulltime CCBC students majoring in specific STEM fields received S-STEM scholarships for one or more semesters through NSF funding. This paper highlights previous research  and presents demographics of the CCBC awardees, including transfer and graduation rates. In addition, emphasis will be placed on community building and interaction, student interventions and results of spatial visualization skills testing (PSVT:R) and practice. As all students remained in the program due to its successful implementation, student success strategies will be discussed.
KeywordsScholarships STEM Faculty mentoring Transfer Spatial skills
This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under award DUE-1356436. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.
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