The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is on a mission to find the best Black undergraduate scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Does this sound like you? Submit your application, fam!
The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is a scholarship fund designed to provide talented Black students who are interested in pursuing a career in the STEM profession with the capability to relieve some of the financial burdens that come with applying to such programs.
According to HBCU Buzz, the program is open to high school seniors who are entering college as first-time freshmen in the fall of 2019.
The main eligibility requirements are as follows:
- 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 and submit the application by the deadline of March 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST
The scholarships are awarded on a tiered system and will be awarded at the following levels:
- Up to $2,500 per academic year for first-year students and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors and an additional $5,000 for students whose educational programs require a fifth year.
Scholarships are renewable for up to five undergraduate years continent that the recipients maintain a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA and continued full-time enrollment to a degree in an eligible STEM major.
Should you intern with an organization applicable to your major, then the program will supplement a $5,000 stipend based on a STEM-related project/internship of your interest.
Full eligibility requirements and poignant application tips are available on the official UNCF website. The application deadline is March 3, 2019. Good luck!