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STEM-H Programs

What is STEM-H?

You’ve probably heard people talk about STEM jobs and programs, and you may have wondered – what is STEM? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  At John Tyler, we use STEM-H, with the H standing for Health Care.

Why is STEM-H important?

Skills tied to the STEM-H fields are vital to innovation and to economic growth, and the number of jobs related to STEM-H is growing. Unfortunately, the number of students majoring in these fields is not keeping pace. That’s where Tyler comes in. Explore more about STEM-H at

STEM-H Majors at Tyler

John Tyler Community College provides educational opportunities to prepare students for careers related to STEM-H – whether they want to seek immediate employment after graduating from Tyler or they want to continue their education at a four-year college or university. See a complete list of our STEM-H majors, or explore all our majors.

Internship and Scholarship Programs for STEM-H Students

Central Virginia Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship Program – Virginia State University (VSU)

The Central Virginia Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship Program (CVUMSP) is a partnership between Virginia State University, John Tyler Community College and other institutions. The CVUMSP helps to identify and prepare talented students to become future middle or high school mathematics teachers in high-need districts.

This program provides scholarships opportunities for John Tyler grads interested in becoming math teachers and who want to transfer to VSU to complete their bachelor's degrees. The program also offers summer internship opportunities for current Tyler students.

To be eligible for the CVUMSP Summer Internship, applicants must:

  • Be a US citizen, US national, or have permanent residence status.
  • Be a rising senior high school student, two-year college student, or university undergraduate.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the applicant's current school.
  • Have an interest in teaching mathematics at the middle/high school level.

For more information about the CVUMSP opportunities available to Tyler students, contact Ebenezer Emos, instructor of mathematics, at

Information may also be found in this brochure from VSU.

Robert Noyce Scholarship Fund – VCU

This collaboration between John Tyler Community College and VCU's School of Education, School of Engineering and College of Humanities and Science is for STEM majors interested in becoming future math and science teachers in high-need school districts. The program provides summer internship opportunities for John Tyler students as well as scholarship opportunities for Tyler grads ready to transfer to VCU to pursue their bachelor's degrees.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a John Tyler STEM major with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • Have a passing Praxis I, a SAT score of 1100, or an ACT score of 24 or higher.
  • Be committed to teaching in a high-need urban or rural district.

To learn more, watch our video about the program, or contact Cathleen McCarthy-Burke, STEM-H coordinator, at or Dr. Roy Kaplan, professor of chemistry, at

STEM Takes Flight Scholarship Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) offers $5,000 scholarships to students attending any community college in Virginia and majoring in STEM.

Learn more and apply at

Tobacco Region Scholarships for Amelia, Dinwiddie or Sussex Residents

With support from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the John Tyler Community College Foundation offers scholarships for Amelia, Dinwiddie and Sussex County students enrolled in STEM-H certificate or degree programs.

Students who meet certain qualifications may receive a scholarship that pays for tuition and fees not covered by financial aid. To be considered, current and prospective students must:

  • Reside in Amelia, Dinwiddie or Sussex County
  • Enroll in an approved STEM-H certificate or degree program at Tyler. Contact the Tyler Foundation for a list of approved STEM-H majors.
  • Submit an online application

Learn more and apply at

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) offers $2,000 scholarships to community college students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Learn more

VCU Bridges to the Baccalaureate Dream-to-Goal Program (DTG)

DTG is a partnership between VCU, John Tyler and other institutions. The program gives students interested in pursuing a career in science a chance to participate in a multi-year summer program focused on laboratory research techniques. DTG also provides students with internship opportunities to work on an independent research project.

In conjunction with this program, John Tyler now offers BIO 170 Biotechnology Methods. Students who sign up for this class at JTCC will learn the same research skills taught during VCU’s summer program, and those who complete the course will be eligible to participate in a summer research internship at VCU.

Tyler students interested in learning more about the DTG program should contact Dr. Shijian Chu, assistant professor of biology, at


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