UNCF/Best Buy Scholars Program 2020

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FOR INVITATION ONLY to HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN A BEST BUY TEEN TECH CENTER OR BEST BUY ACADEMIC PARTNER PROGRAM.

The UNCF/Best Buy Scholars Program is a multi-year partnership that seeks to achieve the following:

    • * Reduce financial barriers to a college degree for low-income students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
    • * Create a pipeline of college-educated minority professionals poised to assume fulfilling careers in the consumer electronics retail industry

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Scholarship – Up to $20,000 per academic year, renewable for three years

* College Success Coach – aimed at supporting the student’s academic progress and professional development

* Online Learning Community – online resources to empower and prepare scholars for academic and personal success

* Early Career Coaching

* Attendance at UNCF Student Leadership Conference

* Best Buy E-Mentor

* Possible Internship Opportunities at Best Buy Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN

SELECTION CRITERIA

* High School seniors who are actively participating in a Best Buy Teen Tech Center or key Best Buy Academic Partner.  Make sure to identify your participation from the drop-down menu in the application.

* The selection process will focus first on students from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri or Ohio captured from your permanent state address entered in the application.

* Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must be African-American with intentions to enroll full-time in the academic year 2021-2022 at a HBCU.  Preference will be given to students who enroll at Central State University, Howard University, Tennessee State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University or Fisk University.

* Must have a minimum cumulative high school 2.5 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale.

* Must have financial need; preference will be given to students who are Pell Grant eligible.

Must have interest in one of the following majors:  Business,Business Administration, Information Technology, Computer Science, Marketing,  Finance, Data Science/Analytics, Communications, Supply Chain ( Supply Chain Management), Operations, Economics, Management Information Sciences, Risk Management, Cyber Security, Business Communications, Information Technology Infrastructure, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Product Design, User Experience, Retail Merchandising, Network and Security.

* Must submit a personal essay that describes your career goals and aspirations.

* The recommendation must be submitted by a Tech Center Coordinator, or Career Pathways Facilitator.

* Must upload current high school transcript.

* Must complete the online application - Click the "Apply" tab above to get started!

QUESTIONS?

Contact Crystal Terry - crystal.terry@uncf.org

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