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National Science Foundation Offers Financial Assistance to Students with Economic Challenges Pursuing Degrees in the Sciences

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MDC and the National Science Foundation have teamed up to offer several thousand dollars in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in the sciences. Interested students must be enrolled in MDC, demonstrate financial need, and apply for the scholarship before the August 20 deadline.

Miami, July 3, 2008 - The National Science Foundation, a prominent science organization, has formed an alliance with Miami Dade College (MDC) to offer several thousand dollars in scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing degrees in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, the geosciences, and engineering.

MDC and the National Science Foundation are collaborating through Windows of Opportunity, a scholarship program that awards up to $4,600 per academic year to students who demonstrate a financial need based on federal guidelines, and who are interested in furthering their education in any one of the science disciplines. Students participating in the scholarship program will benefit from a full range of intensive and customized services such as tutoring, academic advisement, and career counseling, as well as specially designed enrichment and motivational activities. 
To be eligible for Windows of Opportunity, students must  have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or above; be eligible to receive federal financial aid; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, national or alien admitted as a refugee at the time of application; majoring in the biological sciences (excluding medicine and other clinical fields), physical sciences, mathematics, computer and information sciences, the geosciences, or engineering; enrolled full-time; exempt from or have completed college preparatory courses at the time of application; participate in an interview with the selection committee; submit a completed application packet prior to the deadline of August 20 for the fall term and January 2 for the spring term. 

A completed application packet must include: the student’s application; a one-page essay describing the student’s interest in science and their career goals; an approved MDC schedule showing full-time enrollment; a degree audit (for current MDC students); a high school transcript (for first-semester college students), or a college transcript (for transfer students); proof of financial aid eligibility; and a letter of recommendation from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics instructor.

Created by Congress in 1950, the National Science Foundation is designed to promote and advance scientific progress in the United States. It is committed to ensuring the nation’s supply of scientists, engineers, and science educators by enabling individuals to pursue technical careers.  

For more information, contact Miguel Montanez, 305-237-7995 or Juan Morata, 305-237-7963.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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