NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that the following questions and answers apply solely to the NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarships, and do not apply to the Monster Worldwide STEM Scholarships
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What is the application deadline?
May 15, 2012 is the postmark deadline for the NSHSS Foundation STEM scholarships. The application will be available February 2012.
How will recipients be notified?
Winners will be posted on the website.
Is there a minimum Grade Point Average?
The minimum GPA is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Grades using other scales will be converted to 4.0 equivalent by the committee.
Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for a scholarship?
No, but you must be a legal resident of the U.S.
I am a home-schooled student. May I apply?
I attend an American Sponsored Overseas School or Department of State school. Can I apply?
Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Will I receive notice that my application was received?
You will receive notice if you include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your application. Please note that application materials cannot be returned.
Why are the scholarships targeted to ethnicities and females?
The Foundation recognizes the need to produce more graduates with knowledge and skills in the STEM disciplines in order to meet the competitive challenges of the technology-driven global economy of the 21st century. We wish to contribute to this effort to steer students to become qualified workers in these areas in order to improve the quality of life for all. The Foundation's goal is to help increase the representation of African-American, Hispanic, Native American Indian, and females in STEM careers and in STEM education, where these groups are severely underrepresented. The Foundation provides STEM scholarships for these targeted groups in order to help reduce financial barriers for those with academic and leadership potential and the desire to pursue STEM careers. We recognize that in order to increase diversity in the technology workforce, we must increase diversity in technology undergraduates.
What majors are included in STEM areas?
The Foundation awards scholarships to applicants who wish to pursue a degree in, or closely related to, one of the following STEM disciplines:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences, including Statistics and Accounting
- Electrical Engineering
- Information Sciences
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Operations Research
- Teaching in STEM areas
Are there any obligations connected to the scholarship?
Recipients are expected to pursue an academic program related to one of the STEM majors and to prepare a report at the end of the first year of college detailing their challenges and achievements in school.
Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee.
What does the scholarship pay for?
Scholarships funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, and on campus room and board, or other related expenses. Scholarship checks will be sent to the university where you enroll to deposit in your university account. Scholarship checks can be split over the fall and spring semester or the entire amount used for the fall, whichever the recipient stipulates.
Is the scholarship renewable?
The scholarship is for the first year of college and is not renewable.
Where does the funding for the scholarships come from?
The STEM scholarships are funded by The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, through donations. All donations are tax-exempt.