UNCF STEM Scholars Program

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is a 10-year initiative designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for a total of 500 talented African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields. 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.

Website: UNCF STEM Scholars
Application: Create an Account & Apply

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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
  • 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

Required Documents:

  1. Complete all of the application essays (approx. 300 words)
  2. Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be submitted by a high school STEM teacher or from a STEM program mentor
  3. Completion of application form to include demographic information and student record of leadership and community service record
  4. Complete and submit the application by the deadline of March 19, 2020, 10:59pm Chicago time

Open to DREAMers: No
Renewable: Yes, 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
Questions? Please email the UNCF STEM Scholars Staff at stemscholars@uncf.org or call 202-810-0258

Up to $25,000