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Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship

Funded by
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Donald Huschle
1 winner$10,100
In Review
Application Deadline
Jun 15, 2024
Winners Announced
Jul 15, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Woman's University, Texas A&M University- College Station

Dr. Marie M. Daly was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in chemistry. She once said, “it’s like you learn to swim by swimming: you learn courage by couraging.”

Marie Daly was one of the many revolutionary minority female voices in STEM during the 20th century. As these unsung heroes of the past begin to receive rightful recognition, we can learn from their stories, their perseverance, and their courage. To inspire the next generation of minority women in STEM, the Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship seeks to support BIPOC women attending the below universities who are studying STEM.

  1. University of Texas at Dallas
  2. University of Texas at Austin
  3. University of North Texas
  4. The University of Texas at Arlington
  5. Texas Woman's University
  6. Texas A&M University- College Station

To apply, write about your career goals after college and how you plan to achieve them.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published January 4, 2024
Essay Topic

What are some of your career goals after graduation? How do you plan on achieving those goals?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Victoria Nguyen
The University of Texas at DallasOverland Park, KS
The climate crisis is a beast that is in the works of affecting all avenues of life as we know it. The most vulnerable communities to its assaults are low-income communities disproportionately occupied by people of color. Urban areas, which are populated by minority communities, are more susceptible to lower air quality and polluted water sheds. Climate change also increases the risk of infectious diseases which is more concerning to densely populated areas. The affects of weather, such as flood flashes, heat waves and increased frequency of winter storms will be lethal to people in low income communities who cannot afford air conditioning or high quality insulation. Acid rain is a concern for the infrastructure of cities and will affect housing and businesses. To overcome the complex problem that is climate change requires interdisciplinary research in many avenues. Currently, I am in my senior year of pursuing my bachelor's degree for biology. Soon, I will be participating in research labs at UTD. I am interested in going into research to be a part of the force that finds solutions to the effects of climate change. I also am interning for two organizations pertaining to sustainability: Seaside Sustainability and Turn Compost. Seaside Sustainability is a non-profit organization that works to promote sustainability curriculums pertaining to blue technology in schools. I work in the Sustainability Consulting and Blue Technology grant research teams. Within the Sustainability Consulting department I work with schools who are trying to implement sustainability into their establishment by coaching on waste management, water management, curriculum, food services and transportation. Turn Compost is a women-lead compost site that I work for as an environmental intern. I research and propose ways to make the compost site more efficient and streamlined. I am hoping to use my education and experience to become an environmental scientist. I want to develop solutions to save the ecosystems and help disproportionately affected communities. The current housing crisis in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has pushed many people out of their homes, disproportionately affecting BIPOC communities. Homelessness bars people trying to escape the cycle of poverty. Thus, as the effects of climate change worsen, they will be more susceptible to its attacks. It is in my opinion, that the tools reside in STEM research. Given the multi-faceted nature of the climate crisis, there are many avenues of defense that need to be built in order to give future generations a fighting chance.
Samiyah Kabir
The University of Texas at DallasHumble, TX
When we're young, adults always tell us to 'reach for the stars.' Little do they know, some of us take that sentiment literally when we grow up. As a rising sophomore in Computer Science at UTD, I have taken on various projects, including designing and building a solar panel system for an elementary school garden through the UTD EPICS program. UTD was an obvious choice for me, thanks to its renowned programs and ability to support my passion and ambitions in STEM. Growing up in Houston, it was not uncommon for my family to visit the NASA space center. I became inspired to contribute to life-changing projects. I was thrilled that computer science plays an enormous part at NASA, from mission design and planning to robotics, autonomous systems, and numerous other applications. To work as a software engineer/architect at NASA would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me. While a Master's degree is not a requirement in the tech industry, I plan on working towards one in computer science. Many professors and peers have advised me that having a master's/Ph.D. can significantly enhance my chances of securing the desired positions and make me a more qualified candidate, particularly at competitive organizations like NASA. An internship is a golden ticket for a computer science major. In such a competitive field, laying down roots early on is essential. This summer, I secured a spot in Harmony's Alumni Summer Engineering & Research Internship, collaborating with CodeJoy and Hummingbird for skill-building and certifications. Next summer, I aim to join NASA's STEM internship program, particularly working on the groundbreaking Metaverse Project. I am particularly interested in this research as this project merges hyper-realistic XR environments, blurring the boundaries between the virtual and physical realms and enabling unparalleled exploration. I am immensely grateful to have a father who has always been proactive in my studies. Despite his unstable income, no expense is too great regarding my education. However, I know many girls from my culture are often pressured to prioritize traditional gender roles, such as marriage, over pursuing higher education. I am determined to challenge this cultural mindset and prove that young women can pursue education and careers without relying on a male counterpart. This cultural bias also manifests within the tech industry, which remains predominantly male-dominated. Women who break into this industry often face challenges like being overshadowed by their male counterparts. Throughout my academic journey, I have observed that coding and computer-related activities predominantly target young boys. This observation became evident during my senior year of high school. In my AP Computer Science A class, I was the sole girl in 20, including the male teacher. This experience was not only isolating but also disheartening. I am resolute in my commitment to be at the forefront of the transformation, inspiring and empowering young girls by demonstrating that computers and technology are not exclusively for boys and showcasing the potential for women to have successful careers in the tech industry, enabling them to achieve remarkable and life-changing feats. As a woman in STEM, I am fully aware of the challenges ahead. However, I am excited and optimistic about the countless opportunities that await me after graduation. This scholarship opportunity has evoked a profound sense of gratitude within me. Even if I am not selected as a recipient, reflecting on my journey during this writing experience has reaffirmed why I chose to pursue a computer science education. It has rekindled my enthusiasm as I envision the goals I have already achieved and the ambitious ones that lie ahead. I wholeheartedly express my gratitude. Thank you.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 15, 2024.

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