STEM Scholar Program: FAQs

Get answers about the program.


1. Do I need to be African American to apply?

Answer: Yes, a program requirement includes identification as an African American.

2. Do I need to be a STEM major in college to qualify?

Answer: Yes, a focus or major in STEM is a requirement for awarding and also for renewal of funding as a scholar.

3. What is the GPA requirement?

Answer: All applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.

4. Can I study outside of the United States?

Answer: No, a scholar must attend an accredited college within the United States as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.

5. What does the program consider STEM majors?

Answer: Biological/life sciences, physics, chemistry, computer science/engineering, information sciences, engineering (industrial, mechanical, electrical, or chemical) and mathematics.

6. When does the application close?

Answer: Usually closes in March.

7. When will I be notified of my application status?

Answer: Most applicants are notified in mid-May.

8. What does “up to $25,000” in funding mean?

Answer: The UNCF STEM Scholarship provides last-dollar funding. The total amount owed to your institution is subtracted with scholarships, grants, and aid in your package along with your expected family contribution (EFC). Your financial aid office calculates your financial package and reports the remaining amount to us. The STEM Scholarship then provides funding up to $2,500 each academic year for freshman and sophomore years and $5,000 for junior and senior years. A $5,000 stipend is available for an approved STEM related internship.

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