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NSF S-STEM Scholarship: Preparing for Engineering Scholarship Application

Yavapai College has been awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM Program to provide eligible ASU-bound engineering students with a unique experience that will not only teach them successful strategies, but also connect them with ASU mentors, show firsthand what types of research is being done at ASU, and help the students to discover their research interests and career goals. Those awarded scholarships will receive $1,500 in the Fall 2018 semester, and (contingent upon satisfactory performance) another $1,500 in the Spring 2018 semester.   

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be aiming for an ASU degree in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, computer systems engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, material engineering, or mechanical engineering.
  • Be full-time (12+ credit hours), and remain full-time for the duration of the scholarship (2 semesters or 1 semester if transferring to ASU in the spring).
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the scholarship.
  • Be a US citizen, national, alien admitted as refugees, alien lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence per the National Science Foundation guidelines.
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need, defined for undergraduate students by the US Department of Education rules for need-based Federal financial aid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Unmet financial need can include outstanding loans.
  • Complete the  FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Students who receive the scholarship must agree to complete the following throughout the duration of their scholarship:

  • Complete training on how to study and manage time effectively.
  • Write a career plan.
  • Write an interest paper on a project of personal interest, and carry out at least an initial stage of the project to demonstrate movement toward a larger goal.
  • Write a statement of purpose for transferring to a four-yr engineering school.
  • Visit ASU one day per semester while on scholarship in conjunction with their Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Poster Symposium. The fall meetting will be on Fri., Nov. 16. -- Transportation will be provided by YC.
  • Find appropriate mentors at ASU. Liaison will help facilitate.
  • Mentor one lower division student. Liaison will help facilitate.

The following are required to be prepared and submitted with the application below:

  1. Resume (1 Page)
  2. Statement of Purpose (approx.two pages). Please address ALL of the following: 
    A.)  What is your career goal? What is your specific technical interest, if you have determined that?
    B.)  What led you to choose this particular career goal?
    C.)  What have you already achieved towards reaching that goal, including academic experience or experience in the field or on your own?
  3. Two, Signed Letters of Recommendation, or the names and contact information for the recommenders (please obtain permission first!)


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