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National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship Information

This Prestigious Scholarship Program is for Students Majoring in Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Computer Science at the College of Lake County.

If you plan to major in Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or Computer Science at the College of Lake County with the intent to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a bachelor's degree, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship under the NSF Engineering and Computer Science Scholar Program.

This program is a new initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Up to 25 students will be admitted into the prestigious program each year as "NSF Scholars," and an additional 20 students will be admitted as "Pre-Engineering/Computer Science Scholars." NSF Scholars will receive scholarships of up to $8,000. Pre-Engineering Scholars will receive $500 scholarships. Other federal financial aid will bring the full amount scholars may receive up to as much as $8,000-$10,000 per year.

Aside from the financial award, NSF Scholars will be provided with tutoring and mentoring by CLC math, physics and engineering faculty, advising in engineering curriculum issues, and transfer assistance to the 4-year college or university to which they desire to transfer. The students admitted to the program will work as a cohort that will take classes, socialize, and study together. The program also includes a spring personal development course in which students learn about engineering and computer science as a profession, along with study skills, academic success strategies, and teamwork skills to help them succeed in the rigorous academic climate of engineering and computer science.


High school seniors and current CLC students are eligible to apply for the program. This program is for students whose degree objective is a Bachelors of Science. To be considered, applicants must:

  • demonstrate financial need, according to federal guidelines (
  • be U.S. citizens, refugees or permanent residents
  • be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) with a major in engineering, electrical engineering technology, or computer science
  • demonstrate academic potential by qualifying for a mathematics class at the College Algebra level or above. Details on how to meet the academic qualifications are included in the application.

Maintaining the Scholarship

Once accepted into the program, scholarships are awarded each semester to students who:

  • continue to meet the eligibility requirements above
  • meet Academic Standards for Financial Aid Recipients as defined in the CLC Catalog
  • attend weekly study sessions with NSF faculty and participate in other required mentoring activities.

Submission Deadlines and Awards

Awards are made by a committee of CLC faculty based on academic potential, financial need, and demonstrated commitment to academic goals. Members of underrepresented groups such as minorities or women are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted at any time, but applications received by April 15 will receive priority for the fall semester and applications received by November 15 will receive priority for the spring semester.

How to Apply

  1. Sign in with your student login at
  2. Fill out the general scholarship application
  3. Go to the “Opportunities” menu at the top left corner. Under “Ours”, search for “National Science Foundation Scholarship”.  Click the green “Apply” button and answer all additional questions and submit.

    Note: if you do not meet requirements of scholarship, then you won’t be able to view the National Science Foundation scholarship opportunity. For example: The National Science Foundation Scholarship requires full time enrollment, but if you indicated in your general application that you intend to enroll only in 6 hours, you will not be presented the opportunity unless you can commit to 12 hours enrollment and update your general application.

If you encounter problems applying for the scholarship, please email

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