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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must I take the mathematics placement test in order to qualify for the scholarship?

    The answer is “no” if you took the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) test and scored at least 1300 on the math portion of the test (or scored proficient on the math portion of HSPA for New Jersey)


    you took the SATs and scored at least 500 on the math portion The answer is “yes” otherwise.

  • How do I know if I qualify to take College Algebra?

    When you apply for the grant you should send us your high school transcript. Recent graduates of Pennsylvania high schools will have taken the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) test in eleventh grade and the score should be included on the transcript. We will notify you whether or not you meet the mathematics requirement for the SMaRT Scholarship. If you took the SAT test, you can qualify by scoring high enough on the math portion of that test. Have the College Board send your scores to Northampton Community College. If you take the College’s mathematics placement test, you will be notified immediately whether or not you qualify for College Algebra.

  • The results of the mathematics placement test indicate I must take Intermediate Algebra before taking College Algebra. Can I still qualify for the scholarship?

    If you meet all other eligibility requirements, you may receive provisional acceptance into the scholarship program. You would have to take and pass with a C or better Intermediate Algebra either on campus or as an online course by the end of June to meet the mathematics requirement for the scholarship.

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Eder Florian, Chemistry Student

Two teachers - Dieruff High School chemistry teacher Paul McHugh and NCC chemistry professor William Magilton - made all the difference in the world to Eder Florian.

When Florian was struggling with his coursework in his junior year of high school, McHugh gave him the book that he, himself, has used during his college years. At the time, Florian - who hails from Guatemala and who came to the U.S. in 2002 - understood only about 25 percent of what McHugh was explaining to the class. "Read this book, and you'll succeed," he told Florian.

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