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HBCU STEM Scholarship

1 winner$7,500
Application Deadline
Oct 6, 2024
Winners Announced
Nov 6, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
FGLI (first-generation and low-income)
3.0 or higher
Field of Study:
Education Level:
Current College:

Today’s students are often expected to produce the same outcomes despite having unequal opportunities.

Many first-generation, low-income students are underprivileged due to their backgrounds, leading to limited extracurricular experience, less academic and professional guidance from parents, and inadequate financial resources when it comes time to pay for college.

This scholarship seeks to support students who have faced challenges in their life so they have the help necessary to succeed in college.

Any first-generation, low-income student who has at least a 3.0 GPA and is pursuing STEM at an HBCU may apply for this scholarship.

To apply, tell us why going to college is important to you and what you hope to get out of your college experience.

Selection Criteria:
Meets requirements, strong essay
Published July 11, 2024
Essay Topic

Why is going to college important to you? What do you want to get out of your college experience?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Lisa Zorb
Norfolk State UniversityLeesburg, VA
College holds a profound significance in my life, serving as a gateway to personal growth, intellectual exploration, and the realization of my aspirations. The decision to pursue a college education, particularly in the field of applied mathematics, is driven by my unwavering belief in the transformative power of knowledge and the desire to make a meaningful impact in the world. To me, going to college is crucial because it offers a unique opportunity to expand my horizons, challenge my perspectives, and engage in intellectual pursuits. It is a realm where curiosity is nurtured, where I can delve deep into the intricacies of applied mathematics and develop a solid foundation in the discipline. College provides an environment where I can learn from esteemed faculty members, collaborate with like-minded peers, and be immersed in a rich tapestry of ideas, perspectives, and experiences. In addition to academic growth, college is a space for personal development and self-discovery. It is a time when I can explore my passions, uncover hidden talents, and cultivate a well-rounded set of skills that extends beyond the realm of mathematics. Through involvement in extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations, I hope to develop leadership abilities, enhance my communication and interpersonal skills, and foster a sense of social responsibility. Furthermore, college offers invaluable opportunities for networking, mentorship, and exposure to real-world applications of applied mathematics. I look forward to forging connections with professionals in the field, participating in research projects, and internships that will allow me to apply my mathematical knowledge in practical settings. The college experience will provide me with a platform to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and their practical implications, enabling me to contribute to innovative advancements and solve real-world problems. Beyond the academic and professional aspects, college is a transformative journey that shapes one's character, values, and worldview. I aspire to engage with diverse communities, foster meaningful relationships, and cultivate a deep sense of empathy and understanding for others. By immersing myself in a vibrant college environment, I hope to develop a global perspective, embrace cultural diversity, and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society. In terms of my college experience in applied mathematics, I aim to maximize the opportunities available to me. I want to immerse myself in rigorous coursework, engage in research projects, and seek mentorship from esteemed faculty members who can guide me in exploring the frontiers of applied mathematics. I want to actively participate in mathematics-related clubs and organizations, collaborating with peers who share my passion and pushing the boundaries of mathematical knowledge together. Moreover, I am eager to participate in internships and industry partnerships to gain hands-on experience and witness firsthand how applied mathematics is utilized in solving complex problems. By actively seeking out these opportunities, I hope to bridge the gap between theory and practice, equipping myself with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a meaningful impact in the field. In summary, going to college holds immense importance to me as it signifies a transformative journey of personal and intellectual growth. I view college as an environment that nurtures curiosity, fosters personal development, and provides opportunities for networking and practical application of knowledge. Through my college experience in applied mathematics, I aim to push the boundaries of my understanding, engage in meaningful research, and contribute to advancements in the field. College is not just a stepping stone toward a career; it is an opportunity to shape my identity, broaden my horizons, and make a lasting impact on the world.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Oct 6, 2024. Winners will be announced on Nov 6, 2024.