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Eleven Essex County College students will receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (S-STEM) scholarship worth up to $ 4,000 for this semester and spring 2021. The scholarship will be awarded in split into two $ 2,000 grants.
“We are very happy to be a part of this NSF scholarship. Our longstanding participation in the NSF-funded GS-LSAMP (GS-LSAMP program of the Garden State-Louis Stokes Alliance for minority participation) has made us a particularly attractive partner I am We are thrilled that we can offer our STEM students financial support, especially in these very difficult times, “said biology professor Dr. Jill Stein. She said that its scholarships are aimed at high achievement, low income students.
“This award shows the high quality of our students,” said ECC graduate Lailatou Bambara (Class of 2014), the college’s S-STEM / LSAMP coordinator. She said recipients must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.2 in order to receive the second half of the scholarship in the next semester. She earned her ECC degree in biology before moving to Rutgers University-Newark for her bachelor’s degree and then to Montclair Sate University for a master’s degree.
ECC scholarship holders include David Alonge, Computer Science; Narimane El Omari, engineering; Kelvin Geraldo, Biology, Pre-Medicine; Shenille Francois, biology; Syed Hussain, Computer Information Systems; DaQwan King, Computer Science; Comfort Nadjiwa, Engineering; Yasmine Raji, architectural technology; Malissa Saintus Trammell, General Science; Loyane Sousa, Cyber Security and Network Technology; and Ulrich Zinsou, Computer Information Systems.
“Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars. You are another shining example of the outstanding students here at ECC,” said Interim President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.
“I was very surprised when I got the floor and of course very happy,” said Narimane. The Newark resident said after graduating from ECC next year she plans to move to Rutgers University-Newark, where she will specialize in either industrial engineering or biomedical engineering. She currently has a grade point average of 3.78.
Kelvin said the fellowship will help him achieve his dream of becoming a biochemist. In addition to his classes, he has a job and is in the Army Reserve. “This scholarship will keep me going,” said the Union Township resident with a grade point average of 3.84.
Yasmine has always enjoyed looking at different types of architecture, which inspired her to study architectural technology. Now the Newark resident said the S-STEM scholarship will help her continue her architecture studies. “I am very excited to have this opportunity.” Yasmine has a grade point average of 3.74 and said the support she received from Essex County College enables her to pursue her career goals.
David admitted that he wasn’t unduly restricted in completing the S-STEM application due to the high academic requirements. But he said he made the right decision. “It’s been tough, but this will really help me,” added the Newarker with a grade point average of 3.86. He’s not sure where to move to after completing his associate degree. “People should apply for this award,” advises David.
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