Courtesy of UNCF
Courtesy of UNCF

The United Negro College Fund STEM Scholars Program is a 10-year initiative designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for a total of 500 African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields.

The program enables participants to pursue undergraduate STEM-related majors and prepares them for successful careers in a variety of related professions. The application is open for high school seniors who are entering college as first-time freshmen in the fall.

To qualify, applicants must:

* 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) and mathematics.
* Complete all application essays.
* Arrange for a letter of recommendation 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.

The application process includes the submission of one letter of recommendation submitted, a high school STEM teacher or a STEM program sponsor/mentor, completion of all essays, and completion of application form to include demographic information and student record of leadership and community service record.

The deadline for this scholarship is March, and the award amount is up to $5,000.

For more information or to apply, go to

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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