The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Florida Tech a grant to provide scholarship opportunities, termed as FITS-STEM (Florida Institute of Technology Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), to students who transfer from community or state colleges into the programs of civil, chemical or ocean engineering at Florida Tech. The objective of the scholarships is to help address the growing need for engineers in these specific disciplines. Transfer students will be educated by expert faculty, will have the opportunity to participate in leading sustainability related research, receive specialized mentoring and receive hands-on career advisement and support.
The FITS-STEM scholarship is for community college and state college students who transfer to Florida Tech and major in either civil, chemical or ocean engineering. The scholarship provides up to $10,000 per year for a two-year period, based on financial need. Furthermore, this scholarship can be combined with other university grants and scholarships.
Criteria for Receiving the FITS-STEM Scholarship
In order to be eligible to receive the Transfer FITS-STEM Scholarship you must:
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Complete a minimum of 45 credits at a community or state college
- Complete Calculus 1 and 2, Calculus based Physics with lab, Chemistry 1 with Lab, (2) Communication courses
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application
The Scholarship Experience
Florida Tech will provide a transition and early mentoring plan for incoming transfer students. We will work with the state or community college to create curriculum plans for students that will help address any transfer needs. Prior to starting classes at Florida Tech, students will 1) attend orientation week activities, 2) meet with an counselor to confirm the program plan, and 3) meet with financial aid to confirm the aid package and go over the academic requirements to maintain the scholarship.
The Florida Tech cohort plan is designed to encourage self and peer motivation for transfer students. Participants will have 1) access to a dedicated space for social and professional networking opportunities with peers, 2) bonding opportunities via voluntary fun activities related to sustainability, 3) opportunities to do multi-disciplinary sustainability related research, 4) opportunities to do multi-disciplinary sustainability related capstone design projects, and 5) enhanced tutoring services in advanced level courses.
Transfer students are encouraged to voluntarily participate in sustainability research opportunities. Participation in research projects with professors helps students stand apart when starting their career or applying to graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to attend seminars from faculty and industry speakers on sustainability related multi-disciplinary fields.
A number of events are held by Florida Tech’s Career Management Services to assist students in seeking and obtaining jobs. These events include:
- Job search assistance workshops focusing on resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies and networking.
- Major career events, which include career fairs, mock interviews, and annual major networking event with alumni/employers.
As part of the program, the transfer student is required to attend a minimum of one career services event per semester. In addition, dedicated career advisors will a) monitor the career-related activities of the student, b) be available to meet with the student to provide enhanced assistance in finding internships and jobs, c) organize specialized social/career activities for the student such as inviting employers to present on career topics or conduct mock interviews.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 12-529. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation.