IDEAS Academy @ HCC

LSAMP Community of Experience

Join LSAMP Community of Experience and Earn a $1250 Stipend

IDEAS Academy has partnered with HCC's LSAMP Program to again offer the Community of Experience to qualified STEM students.

The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)-Harris County Community College Alliance (HCCCA) Grant provides current HCC students, preparing to transfer into a four-year STEM program, the opportunity to earn a stipend for both the Fall and Spring semesters.

The LSAMP Community of Experience offers an innovative learning experience based on the West Houston Institute IDEAS Academy curriculum.

Get Paid to Work on a Real-World Challenge!

Participating students will be part of a cross-disciplinary cohort working on STEM projects dealing with a theme of global sustainability.  They will experience virtual learning to help them develop the mindsets, skillsets, and digital toolsets to be successful in the future. 

This community involves a commitment of 60 hours per semester, with the opportunity to participate in both semesters.  You will receive a stipend of $1,250 per semester.

To learn more about this year's project theme of HOMEWORLD, please go to this link,

To view projects from last year's them of Plastic Planet, please go to this link,


All enrolled HCC students may participate in LSAMP activities and events. However, students must meet eligibility requirements to receive stipends.  Please complete the application whether you believe you are eligible for a stipend or not.  Even if you are not eligible to receive a stipend, you will be included in notifications of events and activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in STEM program leading to 4 year degree
  • US Citizen or Permanent Visa
  • GPA 2.5 or higher
  • High School Graduate

Application Deadline

The application deadline is September 13, 2020.

For More Information

You may also send an email to, or with any questions or concerns.

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IDEAS Academy

Jordan Carswell

West Houston Institute

2811 Hayes Rd., Houston, TX 77082