STEM Scholars

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

Features of the Program

  • Summer college readiness programs 
  • Mercy University peer and faculty mentorship available to WCC students 

  • Dedicated support needed to complete WCC and Mercy degree requirements 

  • Career preparation workshops

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STEM Scholars Peer Mentors 

Each student will be assigned a peer mentor (an upperclassman at Mercy University) 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 University 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 
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Transferring Made Easy

You'll get the personal attention you need with our dedicated Faculty Advisers and Peer Mentors and monthly professional development activities. Mercy University 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 University 
  • Career experts who will help you to secure internships and job opportunities 

Summer Research Academy 

Each summer, faculty and students come together at Mercy University to work on authentic research projects in the Summer Research academy. This program is for STEM Scholars at WCC, but is also open to Mercy students who are interested in gaining research experience. Summer research has many benefits for students: gaining hands on experience in STEM fields will aid in success in graduate school and other career pathways.  

Interested in applying to the Summer Research Academy? Email Emily Cunningham at

Contact Us

If you’re interested in learning more about STEM Scholars, or have any questions, email Emily Cunningham at