The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) reports that Blacks in the United States account for approximately 8% of bachelor’s degree-holders in STEM fields, 8% of Master’s degree-holders, and an even smaller 5.5% of PhD-holders. Given that Blacks make up about 13% of the entire US population, these statistics tell a story of our under-representation in STEM higher education.
Furthermore, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports that only 37% of eligible Black college-aged students are enrolled at accredited 4-year institutions. Of these, less than half graduate within 6 years. Black youth need good support systems in order to gain access to and graduate from institutions of higher education. Getting into college is only half the battle: to graduate, we must have the resources–financial, academic, and professional–to succeed.
We want to support Black students in Memphis because we believe in your talent, and we want to see you succeed in the university and beyond. The more Black representation in STEM, the faster our community can create opportunities for future generations of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians–ultimately helping to repair bridging long-standing educational and socioeconomic disparities.
Graduating senior from a high school in Shelby County (public or private)
Identify as Black or African American
Intend to pursue a STEM major at a 4-year institution
3.0 cumulative GPA
Complete STEMphian Scholarship application found here.
Submit an essay based on one of the essay prompts found in the application (350 word minimum)
Submit high school transcript
Five finalists will be asked to schedule an interview during the week of May 1-7
The scholarship will be awarded to a single individual based on the merits of their application, essay, and interview. This is not a need-based scholarship.
$2000/academic school year ($1000/semester). Can be renewed 3 times for a total of $8000 over 4 years.
Proof of enrollment after first semester of college
Official transcript at the end of each academic school year
Maintain 3.0 GPA (if your GPA drops under 3.0, you will have 1 academic school year to bring it up to or above 3.0 without losing your scholarship)
Questions? Email email@example.com.
***Please note a GMAIL account is needed to apply***