Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Donnelly College

Three of the five fastest-growing segments of the Kansas City economy are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related--the architecture and engineering industry, the computer industry and the life sciences industry (Mid-America Regional Council, 2014). While the demand for STEM career fields is high, so is the pay. Some STEM tracks can earn up to $3.4 million more than other college majors (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, McCourt School of Public Policy: The Economic Value of College Majors, 2015).  

Despite the growing need for STEM professionals, just 14 percent of graduates from associate and bachelor’s degree programs in our region are earning STEM degrees. Donnelly wants to change that. We offer academic programs, summer academy, camps, and clubs/organizations with a STEM focus. These opportunities prepare our students to become the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and leaders in STEM fields.   

Summer STEM Academy 2019

Donnelly College’s Summer STEM Academy is a three-week program where students will experiment with different analysis activities that will take them through concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. All data re-collected will help them solve crimes. Students will also participate in math reinforcement sessions through the use of using ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning). This is an adaptive learning system which will meet students at their math level and help them succeed in the math courses they are planning to take. Snacks will be available. Field trips will be determined, will be optional and most will take place on Fridays.

All participants must be Donnelly students (incoming freshman and/or returning students).  Students will be eligible for certificate of completion and a full monetary stipend offered (of $360) upon successful completion of the academy program only if they have at least a 90 percent attendance rate for the program (only a maximum of four-hours of excused absences over three weeks).

Graphic showing engineering program starts at Donnelly and finishes at UMKC

Pre-Engineering Program

Pathways to Engineering Careers (PEC) is a cooperative program of Donnelly College and the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC). The PEC program is designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering at UMKC. Admitted students would enroll at Donnelly in a structured pre-engineering program that will transfer seamlessly into UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering. This program is targeted to students with an interest in and aptitude for engineering, who need to boost their math and science readiness before transitioning to UMKC.


  • High-quality academic instruction and mentoring from outstanding Donnelly and UMKC faculty
  • Scholarship support
  • Free academic tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction in STEM courses
  • STEM service learning activities and STEM Club
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Summer STEMBridge programs

Project S4

Project S4 is a Donnelly College initiative providing students interested in STEM fields with Scholarships and Supports for STEM Success. Students in Project S4 receive numerous benefits from the first day of college until they receive their degree.

Which Programs Qualify?

STEM-related associate degrees prepare you to transfer to another 4-year institution for STEM majors such as Computer Science, Engineering or Biology

Scholarship Support

Project S4 offers a $2,000/semester need-based scholarship throughout the National Science Foundation (need is defined by FAFSA)

  • Renewable each semester through graduation as long as you maintain a 3.0 GPA in STEM courses
  • Both incoming freshmen and transfer students may qualify; associate degree students must be incoming freshmen
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall or a STEM GPA of at least 2.5 from high school or transfer institution
  • Students receiving scholarship support must maintain full-time student status (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) and participate in all required Project S4 activities

Donnelly College offers two unique enrichments camps that are STEM-focused: STEM Camp and TTAMaSA. Learn more about these camps below. 


Do you have an interest in a STEM field? If so, Donnelly College invites you to participate in STEM Camp! Over this two-day experience, you will have hands-on classroom and laboratory learning experiences.


Donnelly College typically hosts the Transportation, Technology, Math and Science Academy (TTMaSA) each summer. This program is focused on academic enrichment - particularly focusing on math and science and personal enrichment.

Need more information? Contact:

Ana Lia Maradiaga

Assistant Professor, Chemistry I Project Director of Pathways to Engineering