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STEM Scholars Mentors will mentor 5-10 Westchester Community College students throughout the year. They will assist and support those students, helping them to gain the knowledge they need to successfully achieve their academic and career goals.

Mentors Will:

  • Guide Westchester Community College students during their transition to Mercy College. 
  • Provide support and encouragement to Westchester Community College students as they work towards the completion of their STEM degree. 
  • Guide students to the necessary resources available for academic success. 
  • Attend STEM-specific workshops with Westchester Community College students. 
  • During the summer, work with Mercy faculty to mentor Westchester Community College students on authentic research projects in biology, psychology, computer information systems, cybersecurity, computer science or mathematics. 

Mentors are expected to work approximately 4 hours per week for the academic year and will be compensated $12 an hour.


  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. 
  • Enrolled in one of the following STEM Majors: biology, computer information systems, computer science, cybersecurity, mathematics or psychology.
  • Achieve at least sophomore standing or the equivalent of two semesters of academic work by the end of the spring 2017 semester. 
  • Prior research and/or participation in the Summer STEM Research Academy preferred. 
  • Interested students should contact: Grace Favilla,, (914) 888-5207
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April 12, 2018

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STEM Scholars

Are you interested in pursuing a career in STEM?

Become a STEM Scholar and earn your associate's at Westchester Community College. Then transfer to Mercy College to earn your bachelor's in biology, psychology, computer information systems, cybersecurity, computer-science or mathematics.

This exciting new opportunity includes targeted mentorship and research experiences to help students succeed in STEM both at Westchester Community College and Mercy College. 

You'll find that Mercy College is the right place to finish your college degree. We're committed to making your transition to Mercy College as seamless as possible, so you can complete your degree and get started on building the future of your dreams. 

Want to be a STEM Scholar?

The STEM Scholars Program is open to all incoming Westchester Community College students planning to major in biology, computer information systems, computer science, cybersecurity, mathematics or psychology.

WCC STEM Scholars

STEM Scholars Peer Mentors

Each student will be assigned a peer mentor (an upperclassman at Mercy College) who also started at a community college and knows the process of transferring to another college.  Your peer mentor will help you with the transfer process and answer any questions you may have about Mercy and their STEM programs.

Peer mentors give students the support and guidance they need and will always be available to answer any questions students may have.

What can a STEM Peer Mentor do for you?

  • Help you set academic and career goals such as maintaining a certain GPA.
  • Direct you to Mercy College services like Financial Aid, Tutoring and Advising
  • Inform you of STEM events and opportunities like internships and workshops 
  • Keep you up to date with STEM research on Mercy's campus
Gain the Advantage to Get Ahead

As a STEM Scholar your first two years of study will take place at Westchester Community College where you can earn an associate's degree in: 

  • Computer Information Systems, AAS
  • Computer Science, AS
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Social Sciences with concentration in Psychology, AA
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science with a concentration in Biology, AS
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Mathematics and Science with a concentration in Mathematics, AS 
Features of the Program
  • Summer college readiness programs
  • Mercy College peer and faculty mentorship available to WCC students
  • Dedicated support needed to complete WCC and Mercy degree requirements
  • Career preparation workshops
  • WCC and Mercy students work on research projects alongside Mercy Faculty in:
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Cybersecurity
    • Mathematics 
    • Psychology
Benefits of STEM Scholars

You'll get te personal attention you need with our dedicated Faculty Advisors and Peer Mentors and monthly professional development activities. Mercy College students also get a nationally recognized Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) Mentor who guides you through all aspects of college life, such as: registering for classes, completing financial aid requirements, getting involved on campus, career and internship help and so much more. 

Additional benefits:

  • A streamlined credit evaluation process
  • Personalized attention from your peer mentor, transfer coach and PACT Mentor
  • An affordable college education with SUNY tuition prices at Westchester Community College and one of the lowest private tuition rates at Mercy College
  • Career experts who will help you to secure internships and job opportunities