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Scholarships provide students with opportunities to attend college, advance their knowledge and skills for workforce preparedness, and help them prepare for both academic opportunities and financial challenges after transfer. About one in five students require financial aid; and as Foothill positions itself to build greater access to STEM education and technical careers for underserved populations, scholarships become ever more important for these students.

The scholarships focus on academically talented, financially needy students working to transfer to a 4-year university to complete an undergraduate degree in an engineering, math or science major.  A major challenge for many students at Foothill College, especially students who are financially disadvantaged, is the need to work many hours to support themselves and/or their family.  The demanding academic load of a STEM major only adds to the challenge. The Science Learning Institute scholarships will lower financial barriers and motivate our students while attending college full-time and preparing to transfer. The average cost for a Foothill live-at-home student with no dependents is $11,700 and with dependents $18,000.

The scholarships will range up to $4,200 per year for 3 years.

Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 12 National Science Foundation (NSF) and 5 Science Learning Institute (SLI) Scholars. Each award is worth $4,200 per academic year. The Scholars were selected based upon financial need and potential for success as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) student. The Scholarships are awarded to students who plan to transfer into a 4-year institution as a STEM major. Besides the financial award, the students will be assigned a faculty mentor as well as provided additional educational benefits.

National Science Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Claudia Aliguillen Biochemistry
Jeannette Arnold Engineering
Kimberly Cacatian Biology
Caleb Fink Physics
Victoria Hughes Biology
Marshall Khinno Mechanical Engineering
Insik Kim Mechanical/Electrical Enginneering
Ignacio Magana Hernandez Physics
Sean Rader Chemical Engineering
Bhavdeep Singh Biology
Teresa Spix Biology
Stephanie Zhang Chemical Biology

Science Learning Institute Scholarship Recipients

Boning Hou Engineering
Bryan Jennings Physics/CS
Walter Pascual Electrical Engineering
Jacqueline Simion Engineering (Biomedical)
Dorian Vargas-Reighley Biology

The scholarship may be renewed for the second year of studying at Foothill College if the recipient continues meeting the minimum qualifications of the scholarship.

There are still 2 unallocated NSF Scholarships and they will be posted soon. Check the Scholarship website:

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