SPARC LogoThe mission of SPARC is to ignite student curiosity and to prepare future STEM professionals for success in an evolving work environment.


What is SPARC?

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If you’ve enjoyed math and science in high school and are considering a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) major, the SPARC program at Gaston College can help put you on the path to success. SPARC students graduate from Gaston College with an Associate of Science degree and are prepared to successfully pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university. Students are part of a learning community with special scholarship opportunities and are able to work closely with faculty members and other SPARC participants.

SPARC students benefit from:

  • Interactive hands-on STEM classes
  • Scholarships of up to $6,000 per year that are based on financial need and academic merit. (Students who do not qualify for a scholarship are still able to participate in SPARC.)
  • Personalized support services, such as special advising, mentoring, and tutoring
  • Internships
  • Research experiences
  • Opportunities to interact with industry professionals

Where Can SPARC Take You?


The SPARC program gives students the skills and knowledge they need to complete a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field after graduating from Gaston College. Students with STEM-related degrees are ready for jobs that often command higher wages and are in greater demand than non-STEM occupations. STEM majors may include the following:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Math
  • Computer science
  • Engineering

Want to Learn More?

Are you ready to start the path to STEM success with the SPARC program? You can learn more about SPARC and scholarships in our free program preview. 

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Ready to apply?

To begin the process of applying to the SPARC program and SPARC scholarship, you will first need to apply to Gaston College. Get step-by-step instructions for applying to Gaston in our Next Steps Guide. You can download the Next Steps Guide today.