Washington, D.C–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 30, 2007–A consortium led by the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) with the support of The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) announced the opening of the NASA MUST scholarship application. The NASA MUST scholarship application is now available online at http://www.hispanicfund.org with a deadline of February 1, 2008.
The NASA MUST consortium was awarded a grant to administer NASA’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology program (MUST), a program that awards scholarships and internships to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, more widely known as STEM fields. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.
The NASA MUST program will award100 undergraduate students a one-year scholarship of up to one-half of the student’s tuition and academic fees not to exceed $10,000 per academic year plus a maximum stipend of $5,000 to participate in a mandatory summer research experience at a NASA center. A NASA center summer placement is based on a student’s career goals and depends on internship availability. Additionally, students will benefit year-round from tutoring, lecture series, faculty and peer mentors.
The NASA MUST Consortium is a dynamic collaboration of three qualified and experienced not-for-profit organizations with applicable expertise to manage all facets of the NASA MUST Program. The HCF, SHPE and UNCFSP each have an established track record of providing education and support services to Minority Institutions, faculty, and students.
For more information and details about the NASA MUST program, visit any of the Consortium member websites: http://www.hispanicfund.org, http://www.shpe.org or http://www.uncfsp.org. For information about NASA’s education programs, visit http://www.education.nasa.gov. Consortium member contacts include: Matthew Goldmark, HCF, (202) 296-5400; Rafaela Schwan, SHPE (817) 272-1116 and Sonya Green, UNCFSP, (703) 205-7636.
The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of more than 4,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $9 million in grants. Through programs like the HCF Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the Hispanic Young Professionals Leadership & Development Program, the Hispanic College Fund is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders. For more information, please visit http://www.hispanicfund.org.
SHPE, Inc. is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America’s position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. The largest Hispanic engineering organization, SHPE serves its strong independent network of 51 professional chapters and 191 student chapters with national leadership training programs, educational programs, and professional development initiatives that include national conferences and career fairs. SHPE’s education programs and opportunities are funded by over 44 companies and government agencies such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy and NASA. In addition, SHPE has a partnership with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National GEM Consortium (GEM), and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS). For more information about SHPE, please visit http://www.shpe.org.
An independently-established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, UNCFSP has a broad mandate of serving domestic and international Minority Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Other Minority Institutions (OMIs). UNCFSP currently manages eighteen capacity building, workforce development, and technical assistance programs, including a robust portfolio of STEM programs sponsored by NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy. UNCFSP possesses strong expertise in recruitment; application receipt, review, and selection; internship placements, monitoring and tracking, evaluation, and dissemination. For more information about UNCFSP, please visit http://www.uncfsp.org.