STEP-UP Student Scholars Program

The goal of the STEP-UP Student Scholars Program is to demonstrate the validity of scholarships and intrusive advising in the enrollment and retention of economically challenged students who reside in the CCCC service area (Chatham, Harnett and Lee Counties).

Program Description

The STEP-UP program at CCCC is a National Science Foundation funded scholarship program for students who have demonstrated financial need and are interested in completing associate degrees (A.S., A.E, or A.A.S) in a field of science, math, or engineering.

Application Requirements

  • Students should apply for this scholarship in the spring of their senior year (deadline ongoing) of high school.
  • Students should have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 2.8.
  • Students must demonstrate financial need. Financial need will be determined by completing the online FAFSA forms.
  • Students should complete the online scholarship application, which includes a short essay detailing how this scholarship will increase their likelihood of success not only at the community college but beyond.
  • Students should arrange for two letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a STEM instructor) to be sent to Dr. Rodney Powell (Central Carolina Community College, 1105 Kelly Drive, Sanford, NC 27330).
  • Preference will be given to students who reside in Chatham, Harnett or Lee counties.

Participant Requirements

  • Students must enroll as a full-time student at CCCC continuously until completion of the degree program.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 or they will be suspended from the program and will be required to re-apply for a subsequent academic year. Students who participate and maintain the GPA will retain the scholarship from year one to year two without needing to reapply.
  • Students must attend activities (college visits, seminars, study sessions) and meetings.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

  • Dr. Rodney Powell
  • Constance Boahn
    • Department Chair, Engineering and Computer Information Technologies
    • (919) 718-7283
  • Andrew McMahan