SC Johnson STEM Scholars Program Details and Support

As a STEM Scholar, you’ll gain hands-on experience in the classroom with the latest industry technology as you learn from top faculty at some of the area’s leading STEM colleges and universities and graduate prepared for an in-demand STEM career. 

The SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway provides you with dedicated support as you work to complete your degree. STEM Scholars receive financial support as well as student support and mentor services to help you navigate your college experience and success in your coursework.

Program information 

  • STEM Scholars will work to earn a degree in an eligible STEM-related associate degree program at Gateway Technical College in the first two years of the program.
  • Once students have earned their associate degree, they will transfer to Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering to complete an eligible STEM-related bachelor’s degree program.
  • As a STEM Scholar, you’ll join a cohort of STEM Scholars receiving dedicated student support and mentoring services from Gateway’s STEM Scholars Coordinator and other experts to help you navigate your college experience and succeed in your coursework.
  • As a STEM Scholars you will participate in a program kickoff and summer bridge program as well as academic and career-planning workshops, putting you on the path to success.

Financial information

  • STEM Scholars will receive $7,500 per year for your first two years (six consecutive semesters) at Gateway Technical College. 
  • Then, students who meet the transfer requirements and enroll at Carthage College, Concordia University, or MSOE will receive $7,500 per year for your final two years (six consecutive semesters) plus a matching $7,500 scholarship per year from the 4-year college.
  • Students are responsible for any remaining costs associated with completing their associate and bachelor’s degrees above and beyond those covered as part of the STEM Scholars Pathway ($7,500/year for two years at Gateway and $15,000/year for two years at Carthage, Concordia or MSOE).
  • Students are encouraged to review information on the cost of attendance at Gateway Technical College as well as at their selected 4-year institution (Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to help cover any additional costs of attendance. The first step is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA). Gateway’s School Code is 005389.

Gateway to a 4-year Transfer Information

  • STEM Scholars have a seamless, guaranteed transfer into one of the eligible STEM-related programs of your choice at Carthage, Concordia, MSOE with early connections to these STEM Scholars partners.
  • STEM Scholars must meet the following transfer requirements for their selected program of study and transfer institution: 
    • Concordia University
      • All STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs: Graduate with an associate degree from Gateway in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study.
    • Carthage College
      • All STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs: Graduate with an associate degree from Gateway in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study.
    • Milwaukee School of Engineering 
      • Business Administration - MIS bachelor’s degree: Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA at Gateway Technical College in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study. 
      • Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree: Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as a C or better in all transfer coursework at Gateway Technical College in an eligible STEM Scholars Pathway program of study. 
  • The STEM Scholars Pathway program coordinator will work with STEM Scholars through the transfer process from Gateway to the 4-year 

Student Responsibilities

In order to continue to be a STEM Scholar, students must: 

  • Enroll in at least 12 credits per semester (minimum of 30 credits per academic year) during each of the four years of program participation
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or greater at Gateway Technical College
  • Meet the transfer requirements including GPA requirements into a STEM Scholars-eligible pathway program at Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Develop an academic plan for the selected associate degree guided by a Gateway academic advisor
  • Complete their associate degree at Gateway Technical College within two academic years (six consecutive semesters). Students will often need to take summer courses to complete their associate degree in two years.
  • After completing an associate degree, students must immediately transfer to Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering and enroll in one of the STEM Scholars Pathway eligible bachelor’s degree programs
  • Maintain academic progress requirements at Carthage College, Concordia University or Milwaukee School of Engineering 
  • Work to complete the bachelor’s degree program within two years as STEM Scholars Pathway program funding is only available for four years - students are responsible for their own funding after four years in the STEM Scholars Pathway program
  • Participate in academic and career-planning workshops and connect with the STEM Scholars Pathway Coordinator during the four years of program participation

Program Application Information: 

Students must complete the STEM Scholars Pathway application steps below.

  1. Complete the SC Johnson STEM Scholars Pathway program application, which includes a personal statement of purpose, copy of your high school transcript, and name & email address of high school teacher, counselor or administrator willing to provide a  letter of recommendation  Applicants must have at least one letter of recommendation.
  2. Complete the Gateway application for admission and be admitted to your chosen program at Gateway.  

Students must complete all application requirements by April 1, 2021 August 13, 2021, for consideration.  (Application deadline extended. Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until all scholarships have been awarded. Students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible for consideration.)

If you have any questions about applying, please contact your New Student Specialist.