WPU MaCS Scholars Program

Supporting Undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science Students with Scholarships and Culturally Responsive Mentoring

WPU has designed the Math and Computer Science Scholars (MaCS Scholars) Program, a Track II S-STEM program funded by National Science Foundation (Award #: 2028011), to support the college's 10-year strategic plan to increase matriculation, retention, and graduation of 26 unduplicated students in the target majors of math, computer science, and computer information technology; provide more research opportunities to WPU undergraduates in the target majors; and provide students with extracurricular opportunities in the field through internships and mentorships.

This S-STEM project will contribute to the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students with demonstrated financial need at WPU. The project will:

  • Enroll three cohorts of low-income, academically talented students as WPU’s Mathematics and Computer Science (MaCS) scholars and support them with scholarships;
  • Improve year-over-year retention rates for MaCS Scholars who are first-time, full-time, first-year or transfer students;
  • Improve graduation rates for all MaCS Scholars;
  • Perform a research study that investigates the relationship between college retention for low-income students and strength-based, culturally responsive mentoring. The project will also refine the recruitment pipeline of females into the target STEM majors.

MaCS Scholars Program Flyer


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Grant # 2028011.