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STEM support & scholarships

Students interested in the civil, chemical and ocean engineering fields are eligible for the FITS-STEM program which offers academic support while in a two-year program at Eastern Florida State College, with the potential to earn $10,000 per year transfer scholarships to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

Funded by a National Science Foundation grant worth more than $610,000, the program's goal is to engage interested students early in their academic careers by providing opportunities to conduct social and professional networking with peers, engage in student club activities, carry out multi-disciplinary, sustainability-related research and design projects, and receive enhanced academic support in advanced courses.

Interested students can get involved by contacting Dr. Mevlut Guvendik, chair of engineering programs at Eastern Florida via email or by phone at 321-433-7394

Explore benefits & requirements

Early Mentoring & Advising

Once involved in the FITS-STEM program, EFSC students are eligible for an Early Mentoring Plan which can help students prepare to meet scholarship requirements.

Faculty members from the Florida Tech departments of Chemical, Civil and Ocean engineering and FIT staff will coordinate visits with EFSC students and faculty during which:

  • Students will learn about and explore details of the three engineering programs
  • One-on-one mentoring will be provided to students interested in FITS-STEM
  • Program Plans will be developed for students, in collaboration with their advisors, which will assist them in taking appropriate courses that will be transferable to FIT and will also meet the A.A. requirements at EFSC

Career Advising & Internships

A Career Advising Plan will assist FITS-STEM students in finding suitable career and internship opportunities. FIT’s Career Management Services (CMS) will assist students in seeking and obtaining suitable jobs. These events include:
• Job Search Assistance Workshops which include workshops on Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, Job Search Strategies and Networking Workshops.
• Major Career Events which include Career Fairs, Mock Interviews, Business Etiquette Dinner, Dress for Success Fashion Show/Presentation, and an annual major networking event with alumni/employers.

Potential FIT Scholarships & Financial Aid

Transfer STEM Scholarships funded by the NSF grant are $10,000 per year, for two years, paid in addition to the Florida Tech financial aid package and other transfer scholarships, with the goal of covering a student's cost of attending Florida Tech.

Eligibility Criteria for Receiving an S-STEM Scholarship:

  • Have completed a minimum of 45 credits at the community or state college
  • Completed Calculus 1 and 2, Calculus based Physics with lab, Chemistry 1 with lab, two communication courses, and an introductory engineering course
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students will be selected for the S-STEM scholarship on the basis of:

  • Cumulative GPS
  • Financial need
  • Memberships in student clubs such as Phi-Theta-Kappa or engineering club
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Attendance to FIT’s campus exposure days
  • Community service
  • A 250-word essay explaining career objectives and interest in STEM fields.

FIT’s admission office will provide a list of eligible candidates to the selection committee who will choose final scholarship candidates by April each year.



Important Information

To get involved in the FITS-STEM Program and increase the chance of a Florida Tech Transfer STEM Scholarship, contact:

Dr. Mevlut Guvendik, EFSC Engineering Program Chair

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