A ‘MUST’ for Students Who Love Exploring Science and Math

A ‘MUST’ for Students Who Love Exploring Science and Math

NASA, partners encourage underrepresented students to pursue scholarship, NASA internship -deadline is Feb. 1


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Dallas, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–January 16, 2008–Minority undergraduates intrigued by math and science are among those urged to apply for a scholarship that will pay up to half of their annual college tuition and open up the world of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to them. The application deadline for the Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Program (MUST) scholarships is Feb. 1, 2008.

The MUST program is a partnership between NASA, the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Hispanic College Fund and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs. Open to all students, the MUST scholarships will go to qualifying students interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or “STEM”) fields. Applicants must be rising college freshmen, sophomores or juniors, be U.S. citizens, have a minimum cumulative grade average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline as a full-time student. The MUST program is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups including women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and persons with disabilities.

One hundred students were awarded MUST scholarships in 2007-08. Students awarded MUST scholarships are able to enjoy tutoring, special lectures and mentoring from STEM faculty and peers. As part of the scholarship’s requirements, each student also will complete a summer internship at a NASA facility.

For MUST scholarship eligibility requirements, application forms or more information, call (817) 272-1116 or email rschwan@shpe.org or gary.cruz@shpe.org or visit the Web site at http://www.ahetems.org.

About HCF

The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals in America. The goal of the organization is to help every deserving Latino student realize his or her dream of a college education and a successful professional career. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of more than 3,000 low-income Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $8 million in grants. Through programs like the Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposia, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), Connections and the HYP Leadership & Development Program, HCF is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders.

About SHPE

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. SHPE provides its membership of students and professionals with increased educational opportunities, professional and personal growth, and involvement in the community.

About UNCFSP

With a portfolio of more than $90 million in federal programs, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation’s (UNCFSP) mission is to “organize and deliver educational support services” to institutions of higher education. Federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Library of Medicine, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Departments of Education, Defense, Energy and Interior have funded programs that are spread on four continents and in more than 37 countries. Through its programs, UNCFSP has awarded more than $32.5 million to hundreds of national and international institutions of higher education for the purposes of education and research development, workforce development, capacity building, technical assistance, fellowships, internships, training and mentoring.

SOURCE: Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers

A ‘MUST’ for Students Who Love Exploring Science and Math