Welcome to DVC’s PUMA STEM Scholars Project!

PUMA STEM Scholars will receive a three-year scholarship of up to $4,300 to complete an Associate’s Degree for transfer to a STEM major.

And that is just the beginning. Program benefits also include:

Cohort Community

Cohort Community

Instructors in the project offer classroom experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote collaborative learning. The spirit of the learning communities is to educate, as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty. Together, we will build a strong, FUN start on your transfer path in your science, math or engineering major.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors

The PUMA STEM Scholars will be linked with student and faculty mentors. The mentor experience will improve scholars’ connection to the campus community, provide guidance to improve your resilience and persistence, and provide a valuable partner throughout your time at DVC.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration

PUMA STEM Scholars will be invited into DVC’s MESA Program (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement), one of the programs housed in our PUMA Center. Through MESA, students will have access to community leaders, career exploration opportunities, DVC STEM Alumni events, and internship opportunities to expand their professional connections and interests.

Dedicated Student Supports

Dedicated Student Supports

PUMA STEM Scholars will build an educational plan in collaboration with a counselor sensitive to the unique needs of STEM majors with intent to transfer. Scholars will also receive support from a dedicated Student Retention Specialist committed to connecting them to college and community supports that meet their needs.

The PUMA STEM Scholars Project is a program funded by the National Science Foundation to recruit more students into STEM degrees, support them financially and academically into a successful transfer, and give them mentorship and career exploration opportunities that help them persist to rewarding careers in science, math, and engineering. This project is supported by NSF S-STEM Award #2028005.

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