Programs and Scholarships for Latinos and Black Students in STEM
There are several programs that aim to support Hispanic and Latino/a students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Here are 10 examples of such programs:
- HENAAC Scholars Program: The HENAAC Scholars Program, run by the Great Minds in STEM organization, provides scholarships and support to Hispanic students pursuing degrees in STEM fields.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): SHPE offers various programs and initiatives, including scholarships, mentorship opportunities, leadership development, and networking events to support Hispanic students in STEM.
- National GEM Consortium: The National GEM Consortium focuses on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, including Hispanics, in graduate education in STEM fields. It offers fellowships, internships, and mentoring opportunities.
- Adelante STEM Scholars Program: This program, offered by the Adelante US Education Leadership Fund, provides scholarships, mentorship, and leadership development for Hispanic students pursuing STEM degrees.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF): HSF offers scholarships and support services to Hispanic students across various disciplines, including STEM. They provide resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
- MANRRS: The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization aims to promote diversity in agricultural and related fields. They offer scholarships, professional development, and networking opportunities for Hispanic and other underrepresented students.
- National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) Scholarship Program: NHHF offers scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing careers in health-related fields, including STEM-focused areas like biomedical sciences.
- United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI): USHLI provides educational programs, conferences, and scholarships to empower and support Hispanic students, including those interested in STEM fields.
- National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME): NACME aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups, including Hispanics, in engineering fields. They offer scholarships and support programs for minority students pursuing engineering degrees.
- National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP): NSHP supports Hispanic students in physics and related fields. They provide scholarships, mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities.
These are just a few examples of the many programs available to support Hispanic and Latino/a students in STEM. It’s advisable to research and explore additional local, regional, and national programs specific to your area of interest and location.
Who Is Eligible?: Offered by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the program offers 245 scholarships annually. High school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students can apply. Applicants must be an active SHPE member with a minimum 2.75 GPA. The scholarship also requires a STEM major.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2023
Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$25,000
Who Is Eligible?: The Generation Google Scholarship supports computer science and computer engineering majors from historically excluded groups, including Hispanic and Latino/a students. The scholarship funds undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled at an accredited college and demonstrate financial need.
Application Deadline: Feb. to Mar. 2023
Scholarship Amount: $10,000
Who Is Eligible?: The American Chemical Society offers scholarships to Hispanic and Latino/a students majoring in chemistry or a related field. The scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 GPA with high academic achievement in chemistry or science. Recipients must be full-time students attending an accredited college.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
Scholarship Amount: $1,000-$5,000
Who Is Eligible?: Offered by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the scholarship supports third and fourth-year Latino/a students in STEM majors. Applicants must either graduate from a Northern California high school or attend college in a Northern California county. The scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.
Application Deadline: March 2023
Scholarship Amount: up to $10,000 annually for up to three years
STEM Transformation Institute: Located at Florida International Institute, the STEM Transformation Institute helps future STEM workers from underrepresented groups. The program includes active learning classrooms, a learning assistant program, and a mastery math lab. FIU also institutes evidence-based teaching strategies to improve student learning in STEM courses.
Pathways to Student STEM Success: An initiative that brings together three Bronx CUNY colleges, PTS³ helps students at community colleges transition into four-year STEM programs. Students work with academic advisors and tutors to strengthen STEM skills. The program also offers math bootcamps during breaks and undergraduate research opportunities. Students may qualify for internships that come with a stipend.
HSI-STEM: At California State University, Long Beach, Latino/a students can participate in the HSI-STEM program. The program offers support for first-year students, including transition programs for STEM majors and learning communities. Transfer students also participate in STEM groups and workshops. The program incorporates family activities to encourage a broader community of support.
Hispanic Serving Institutions evolved in the 1980s to increase the percentage of underrepresented Latino students who were enrolled in colleges and universities. The title, Hispanic Serving Institution, indicates that the institution has at least 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent enrollment with at least 50 percent Hispanic students qualifying as low-income.
CSULB first became designated as a HSI university in Fall 2005 when 8,663 Latino students enrolled at the campus, representing 25.1 percent of undergraduate and graduate students. CSULB was one of 33 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the designation and was the only four-year institution in California to receive the Title V grant to address the educational and professional obstacles experienced by Latino students.
The first HSI grant entitled Mi Casa: Mi Universidad was obtained in 2006. The 5-year developmental grant aimed to integrate Latino students and their families into the university environment by addressing their educational needs through outreach, support, and cultural relevancy.
The first HSI-STEM grant was obtained in 2011 as collaboration between the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training and the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Through various activities, including mentorship and research exposure, the program aimed to increase the number of Latino students attaining highly valued degree in the STEM.
Queens STEM Academy: The newly announced partnership between LaGuardia Community College and Queens College will help Hispanic students earn STEM degrees. The Queens STEM Academy will recruit underrepresented students and help community college students transfer into bachelor’s STEM programs. Learners also benefit from career support.
Project RAISE: California State University, Fullerton supports Hispanic STEM students with Project RAISE. The program offers services and programs for students, including lab tours, a summer research program, and peer advising programs. Project RAISE also partners with community colleges to support transfer students seeking a STEM bachelor’s degree.
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