National Science Foundation Scholarship

Receive financial aid and academic support as an NSF Scholar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) scholars receive scholarships of up to $8,000. Up to 25 students will be admitted into this prestigious program each year.

In addition to the financial award, if you are an NSF Scholar, you receive:

  • advising in engineering curriculum issues
  • transfer assistance to a 4-year engineering college or university
  • tutoring and mentoring by CLC math, physics, computer science and engineering faculty


As scholars you work as a team that takes classes, socializes and studies together. The program includes an Introduction to Engineering course in which you learn:

  • academic success strategies
  • engineering and computer science as a profession
  • teamwork skills

Watch this video about the NSF Engineering and Computer Science Scholar Program and learn about eligibility, why to apply and more.

NSF Scholar eligibility guidelines

If you plan to get your associates degree in Engineering or Computer Science and transfer to a 4-year university for your Bachelor's of Science degree, you may be eligible to receive a scholarship under the NSF Engineering and Computer Science Scholar Program.

High school seniors and current CLC students are eligible to apply for the program.

For consideration, you must also:

  • be a U.S. citizen, refugee or permanent resident
  • be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) with a major in Engineering or Computer Science
  • demonstrate academic potential by qualifying for a mathematics class at the college algebra level or above
  • demonstrate financial need, according to FAFSA guidelines

Deadlines & award criteria

A committee of CLC faculty distributes awards based on academic potential, financial need and proven commitment to academic goals. Members of underrepresented groups, such as minorities or women, are encouraged to apply.

Applications received by August 1 will receive priority for the fall semester. Applications received by November 30 will receive priority for the spring semester.

Ready to apply for scholarships

You are eligible to apply for scholarships as soon as you become a CLC student. Use your student login to view scholarship opportunities and complete the application form. Once you do, a CLC representative connects with you to help you through the application process.

Apply for the NSF scholarship

Frequently asked questions

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