STEM Scholarship Program Offered Through Partnership With Mercy College

by Samuel Rowland


It can be hard to pick out the right academic program from all the email advertisements bombarding students’ school inboxes.  WCC offers a lot of programs that can help make that decision easier, like the WCC/Mercy STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) Scholars Program.

This program is a partnership between WCC and Mercy College, a private four-year school in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The program is based off of Con Edison’s STEM scholarship initiative. Con Edison has been working with WCC to design a program of study that prepares students for employment in the STEM fields, according to WCC’s website.

The main benefits of the program can be split into three parts. First, what their slogans describe as a “seamless transition” to Mercy College. Staying in the program with good academic  standing earns students automatic entry into Mercy College. Second, there is specialized mentoring and tutoring offered by the program.

While at WCC, students work with a Mercy upperclassmen as peer mentors and receive tutoring and academic support in STEM classes. At Mercy, they not only work with a peer mentor, but also with faculty advisors such as the Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) Mentor and attend monthly development activities, according to a brochure about the program.

In addition, there is a Summer Research Academy during the second and third semesters of the program and a Summer Internship Academy in the last summer. These are month-long programs where students work with faculty on actual research projects.

Majors that can join are computer information systems, computer science, cybersecurity, liberal arts and sciences and social sciences with a concentration in psychology and liberal arts and sciences/mathematics, and science with concentrations in either biology or mathematics.

Biology is the most popular major, according to WCC STEM Leader, Diane Krusko.

With a program that guarantees admission to at least one college, the only question that comes to mind is how have more people not heard about it? Currently at two months into its opening semester, many of the program’s 40 available slots have not been filled. Registration was initially supposed to end before the semester started, but was changed to ongoing when the leaders of the program saw the recruitment rate.

Emails have been sent out in the past and are currently being sent out to all school emails. Many students say that they do not actually look at the ads for academic programs WCC sends out. There was a booth for the program at orientation with pamphlets and an email list, but people were drawn away towards the more popular clubs.

For more information on the program, students can attend an information session and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15., where Krusko will be answering any questions about the program.

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