UNCF STEM Scholars Program 2018

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Accepting applications from first-time freshmen who will begin college in fall 2020. 

Application Overview

The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is an initiative designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields.
The program awards 100 scholarships on an annual basis. 
The program enables highly capable young people to pursue undergraduate STEM majors and prepares them for successful careers in a variety of STEM professions. The application is open for high school seniors who are entering college as first-time freshmen in fall 2020.
Eligibility Criteria
To qualify, applicants must:
  • - Be African American
  • - Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States
  • - Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale
  • - Pursued a rigorous course of study in high school in math and science courses, including pre-calculus
  • - Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the student’s college or university
  • - Show evidence of readiness for and commitment to pursue STEM majors, including biological/life sciences, physics, chemistry, computer science/engineering, information sciences, engineering (industrial, mechanical, electrical or chemical), mathematics
  • - Complete all of the application essays
  • - Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be submitted via the UNCF application portal
  • - Be enrolled for the first time at a U.S.-located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma while taking college-level courses) in the fall as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student
  • - Complete and submit the application by the deadline of Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:59 pm EST/8:59 pm PST 

Application Process

 Submission of one letter of recommendation submitted:
  • - A high school STEM teacher or a STEM program sponsor/mentor (an individual who has engaged the student in a STEM program during the school year and/or summer, and who can provide insight into the student’s academic performance and potential for success in pursuing a STEM degree)
  • - Completion of all essays
  • - Completion of the application form to include demographic information and student record of leadership and community service record 

Application Tips

Here are some things you can do to prepare for submitting a competitive application:

  • - Begin thinking and talking to parents, counselors, and teachers about your plans and what you will need to do to be ready to be a strong candidate for college admission and student aid.

  • - Carefully consider which of your teachers and STEM program sponsors to ask for a letter of recommendation. They will help us better understand what type of student you are by providing insight into your academic performance and potential.

  • - Apply for federal student aid. Go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov to familiarize yourself with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to get more information on federal student aid. If you are a finalist, we will use this form to confirm your citizenship and better understand your financial needs.

  • - Review your transcript to be sure that your GPA and the courses you have taken make you eligible for this program. And be sure to keep your grades you so that your mid-year transcript is favorable.

  • - Let us get to know you through your essays and help us to better understand your interests, goals, motivation, and experiences that have shaped your decision to pursue an undergraduate STEM degree.

Program Benefits

Tiered tuition scholarship with funding up to $25,000:
  • - Up to $2,500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors, and an additional $5,000 for students whose academic programs require a fifth year.
  • - Scholarships are renewable for five undergraduate years, contingent upon:
    • - Maintenance of a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA + continued full-time enrollment to a degree in an eligible STEM major
    • - A $5,000 stipend based on a STEM-related project/internship of the student’s interest
    • - Academic support and mentoring
    • - Access to online academic support services and resource platform, as well as other STEM-discipline support services

Participation in:
  • - STEM Scholars Summer Orientation  
  • - UNCF Student Tech Empowerment Workshop
Career-development support:
  • - Mentoring, training, and education

  • - Access to entrepreneurial training in launching new tech ventures through competitive venture accelerator  program and high school/pre-college STEM summer leadership institute

For questions or concerns please contact:

UNCF STEM Scholars Staff


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