DALLAS – Students interested in pursuing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education are invited to apply for SPARC scholarships available at Gaston College. Biology majors are especially encouraged to apply, and Friday, July 20, is the deadline to apply for priority consideration.
The one-year renewable scholarships, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, are in the amount of $6,000 per year for students at Gaston College, which serves Gaston and Lincoln counties. After completing their studies at Gaston College and receiving an Associate of Science degree, scholarship recipients who transfer to UNC-Charlotte to major in biology are eligible to apply for one-year renewable scholarships of $7,500 per year.
Gaston College hopes to award up to 15 scholarships to students participating in the SPARC project beginning in the fall 2018 semester. SPARC applicants will be interviewed by the SPARC staff. The interview process is in progress.
Those interested in applying for the scholarships must have maintained at least a 3.0 unweighted grade-point average in high school or in previous college courses (applicants from other colleges must have accumulated fewer than 20 class hours), and must enroll in the Associate of Science program at Gaston College. Early registration for the fall 2018 semester has begun.
Schools honor local students
The following local students were honored by their respective universities for the spring 2018 semester:
UNC-Chapel Hill (dean’s list)
Austin Borders, Andrew Cesmat, Thaddeus Creech, Jacob Dallin, Lucas Depasquale, Justin Elchak, Emma Fiore, Chapel Fowler, Katelyn Gibson, Abigail Holdsclaw, Kay Howard, Cassandra Kotas, Kali Krehnbrink, Jessica Kulibert, Shelby Lee, Cody Marik, Frances Massey, Joshua Massey, Victoria Miller, Brett Shanklin, Kelsey Smith, Brock Sparks and Sydney Wilson
Appalachian State University (chancellor’s list)
Emma Caroline Finnen, Tessa Jean Gardner, Christopher Lee Hartman, Alexis Savanna Hartsell, Michaela Lee Helms, Joseph Carl Nuhfer, Tristan H. Pike, Ashlyn P. Stone and Kathleen Varner