UNCF 3M Science. Applied to Life. Scholarship

The scholarship application period for this program has closed, so you cannot apply at this time.
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3M is committed to expanding opportunities for low-and-moderate-income students, partnering with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to create financial equity and build stronger communities. 

In partnering with UNCF, the UNCF 3M. Applied to Life. Scholarship Program was established to provide need-based scholarship support to underrepresented high school seniors (Class of 2022) and current first-year college students (Class of 2021) from St. Paul Public Schools, local Charter Schools serving St. Paul students, or the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District.  Successful applicants must be interested in pursuing a STEM degree, or already enrolled in a STEM degree program as a full-time student at a U.S. based four-year college or university.

Preference will be given to students attending HBCUs. For renewal, students must continue to meet the specified criteria. 

Program Features:

In addition to renewable scholarship assistance, The UNCF 3M. Applied to Life, Scholarship Program includes the following:

*Dedicated UNCF College Success Coach.

*An annual Scholars event convening during the summer months at 3M Headquarters or virtually.

 *Access to a 3M Scholars Online Learning Community.

Program Requirements:

The application is now open for the 2022-23 academic year and students will be awarded in the Fall Term of 2022. Applicants for the program must meet the following requirements: 

*Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

*Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. 

*Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by your college or university.

*Be planning to enroll full-time or already enrolled at an accredited U.S. based four-year college or university as a freshman.

*Be interested in pursuing or already pursuing a STEM degree.

Application Process:

For consideration, applications must be submitted online and include the following:

1. A high school transcript (unofficial can be submitted)

2. An online letter of recommendation from your high school counselor, teacher, college professor, or community leader (letters from family members and friends are unacceptable). Please use the recommendation instructions located to the right for further assistance.

3. A resume

4. Respond to the essay prompt regarding STEM career goals/interest

Preference will be given to students attending HBCUs and the following colleges/universities:

Florida A&M University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University.

For assistance with your application or to ask any questions about this
opportunity, join one or both of our upcoming office hour sessions via zoom:

When: Mar 30, 2022, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


When: Apr 13, 2022, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


For assistance on how to submit a reference form, please click on the link under the Supporting Documents.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions within 8 weeks after the application closing date.

For account login issues, call a UNCF representative at 202-810-0258 Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM EST.

For more information, please contact Yves Pierre at yves.pierre@uncf.org 


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