Dear City Tech student,

The S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program has been established for the next semester (Fall 2019) to support full-time students in the following programs: Applied Math (AFB, ASB, and AIB), Biomedical Informatics (BIB), Chemical Technology (Chem Tech), Applied Chemistry, and Computer Science (CSc). This scholarship, made possible by a generous National Science Foundation grant, intends to provide assistance to students in good academic standing by addressing whatever financial need is not met by federal and state aid (e.g. Pell grant and TAP). Financial support can reach up to a maximum of $3,100 per semester (this will not replace your federal aid), depending on demonstrated need. In addition, those selected to receive this scholarship will also benefit from one-on-one advisement and participation in other college initiatives designed to facilitate timely graduation and entry into the job market.

We wish to outline the requirements for eligibility here. To be considered for the S-STEM scholarship for the Fall 2019 semester, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;
  • be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits per semester) in the BS program in Applied Mathematics or Biomedical Informatics or Applied Chemistry or the AS program in Chemical Technology or Computer Science. (Note that if you are an LAS/LAA student, you can change your major to one of the above mentioned programs.)
  • demonstrate solid academic potential as follows:
    • for continuing City Tech students, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
    • for entering transfer students with an associate degree, a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2;
    • for entering freshman students, an 85% high school average and at least 12 CPI credits, including at least two Science and three English credits.  Entering freshmen must be eligible to take at the minimum MAT 1375 (Pre-Calculus) (or a higher level math course) during the scholarship period.

In addition to these criteria, the following program-specific eligibility requirements must be met:

  • Students in  the BS Applied Math and AS Computer Science programs must have achieved a minimum grade of B– in MAT 1375 (Pre-Calculus), and must take MAT 1475 (Calculus I) during the scholarship period, if the course has not been taken previously.
  • Students in the BS Biomedical Informatics program must have achieved a minimum grade of B– in both MAT 1275 (College Algebra and Trigonometry) and BIO 1101 (Biology I).
  • Students in the AS Chemical Technology program must have achieved a minimum grade of B– in both MAT 1275 (College Algebra and Trigonometry) and CHEM 1110 (General Chemistry I).

In order to initiate the S-STEM application process, you must do the following:

You are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if you have not already done so this academic year. For information about how to complete this application and how to submit it online, please go to the following City Tech Financial Aid Office website:

You must complete and submit your FAFSA online by the time scholarship applications are reviewed in August 25, 2019.

The S-STEM Application is located: Application Form

Applications are due Aug 25, 2019.

Please note that in addition to the S-STEM application form and FAFSA, you will be asked to submit faculty recommendation letters as well as a personal essay. Those who are selected as finalists will also be asked to participate in interviews with the S-STEM faculty team, to be scheduled towards the end of the spring 2019 and beginning of the fall 2019. More information about these requirements will be provided during the above mentioned information session.

For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to email any of the S-STEM faculty members listed below. We look forward to receiving your application, and we wish you well in your academic endeavors at City Tech and beyond.

Best regards,


Dr. Urmi Ghosh-Dastidar, Mathematics Department (

Dr. Sandie Han, Mathematics Department (

Dr. Diana Samaroo, Chemistry Department (

Dr. Armando D. Solis, Biological Sciences Department (

Application Deadline August 25, 2019

Note that the applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; we will close the application process when we have filled all positions. To maximize your chance to be considered, please submit your materials by the application deadline.

Mail your completed scholarship application with all required documents to:

Professor Urmi Ghosh-Dastidar
NSF SSTEM Scholarship
Department of Mathematics, N711
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

**Please write Applied Math, BIB, Chemistry, or CSc (whichever major is applicable to you) on the envelope.
Alternatively you may deliver the completed application to the mailbox Prof. Ghosh-Dastidar (N711).