Students in these science, technology and math majors can apply for the scholarships: biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemical biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, computer security, environmental studies, marine science, mathematics and physics.
The Clear Path program is open to students transferring from Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and Luzerne Community College in Pennsylvania, and the County College of Morris in New Jersey.
This is the second time the NSF has awarded ESU a grant for the Clear Path program. In 2016, ESU received $4 million in what was then the largest grant it had ever received. Since then, “ESU is proud to note that 79 students have graduated in STEM fields thanks to the initial Clear Path grant,” Margaret Ball, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at ESU, said in a press release.
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The university has received a grant of almost $5 million — its largest ever — from the National Science Foundation to continue its Clear Path program, which provides scholarships from students who transfer from local community colleges and are pursuing STEM degrees.
Students in those programs made up about 14% of ESU’s total enrollment during the fall 2021 semester, according to data provided by ESU. Among those majors, biology and computer science were the most popular, with 296 and 109 students, respectively.
The new Clear Path grant will provide up to $10,000 annually for 135 students. The program also includes tutoring, mentoring and other support for scholarship recipients.
Local community college students interested in transferring and applying for the scholarship can visit esu.edu/clear_path/. Students must complete at least 45 credits before starting at ESU.
Lower tuition for Pennsylvania’s neighbors Students from neighboring states — New York, New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware — will have a lower tuition rate than other out-of-state students starting in the fall of 2022.
ESU intends to charge $402.50 per credit, or $4,830 per semester for students taking 12 to 18 credits. Those costs are “tentative until 2022-23 tuition is approved by the Board of Governors at their April meeting,” ESU noted. Compared to 2021-2022 tuition rates, the new out-of-state rate is less than half the cost of out-of-state tuition ($863 per credit, or $10,360 per semester before scholarships). The new rate is about 17% higher than the 2021-2022 in-state rates of $345 per credit or $4,144 per full-time semester.
“Creating a special rate for students who reside in adjacent states is a policy commonly followed in other areas of the country,” Karen Lucas, vice president for enrollment management, said in a press release. “We want to help students fulfill their dreams of going away to college. We want them to know they can come to ESU for a quality, affordable education.” Kathryne Rubright is a reporter covering the environment, northeast Pa. politics, and local news. She is based at the Pocono Record. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.