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How to Apply for STEM
Generally, applying for an S-STEM [Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics] grant can seem obtrusive, and overwhelming. This guide has been created to give you [the Grantee] an overview of certain criteria that might be requested during this process. Please keep in mind that Grant Application Processes can vary from School-to-School. Contact your institution of choice for further information about its S-STEM policies.
Application Questions -
A request for your High School / G.E.D. Center information might look like –
Cumulative G.P.A. (G.P.A. Requirements vary – please contact your institution for further information)
Previous College (If Applicable)
School – Cumulative G.P.A.
If you are Currently Enrolled at the institution at which you are applying for the S-STEM –
What is your Goal?
Program of Study –
This is where you will choose your Program Course under the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics subsections.
Examples include, but are not limited to-
Design Drafting Technology
Are you going to be Employed while earning your Education?
If yes – how many hours per week? – 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40+
Are you currently in an Internship? If yes, is it paid, or un-paid?
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Hispanic or Latino
You might be asked if you have any Disabilities.
Hearing & Vision Impaired
Mobility / Orthopedic Impairment
Personal Letter - After you have supplied this general information you might be requested to submit a personal letter. This letter should outline your goals, both on an educational and a career level. Examples of content you should include in this letter are:
Career Plans – Where are you going to take your education after you’ve received it?
Educational Plans – Why have you chosen your course of study. What is your interest.
Community Participation – After school Activities – Clubs, Volunteer, Work, PTA, Sports).
Honors and Awards.
Financial Aid Forms – If you do not currently have a Financial Aid plan setup, you’ll need to request one from a Private, Public, Local, State or Federal Sector. You will [most likely] be required to submit a Financial-Aid Application to the educational institution of your choice.
Letter of Recommendation – A Letter of Recommendation is much like your ‘References’. You’d want to garner the support of as many prior instructors as possible. If you don’t have any previous instructors you can get in contact with, or, simply don’t have any, you may utilize a contact you feel can outline and summarize your academic abilities. This could be a Coach, a Trainer, your Tutor or any individual in a position of hierarchy that can attest to your personal and educational ethics.
Transcripts – Likely the last step in the process of Applying for an S-STEM If you have Transcripts from previous Universities, or your High School Transcripts, you’ll need to include these in your Application Packet. Please, DO NOT modify these documents, as there are highly relevant to your obtaining a scholarship in STEM.
Now that you have a one-up on the application process you should proceed to make a decision on your institution of choice, and further contact them for specific details. For more information regarding the Application Process and all S-STEM related questions, please visit the National Science Board.