Talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.
STEM fields are at the forefront of some of the most exciting, world-defining innovations, and jobs in STEM fields are growing faster than any other sector.
Although African-Americans comprise 13.4% of the US population, they receive just 2% of research grants. Across every STEM field, the Black community is underrepresented.
Aside from the abundance of research showing that diverse teams perform better, the lack of diversity in STEM also leads to issues like racial bias against African-Americans in healthcare algorithms and facial recognition error rates more than 40x worse for Black women as light-skinned men.
Solving this problem will take deep dedication across STEM fields.
As one small part of this, the Black Students in STEM Scholarship will be awarded to a Black undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in a STEM field.
This scholarship is part of the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you hope to achieve with your STEM degree?
The application deadline is Dec 11, 2020. Winners will be announced on Jan 13, 2021.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on Jan 13, 2021. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
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Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.