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Scholarships for First Generation College Students in Engineering
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at UC Santa Barbara started in 2011. The goal of the ESTEEM program is to enhance the graduation rates of first-generation college students majoring in Engineering.
Who is a first-generation college student? any student for whom no parent has earned a 4-year college degree. This includes students whose parents never attended college, or who attended only a 2-year college, or who attended a 4-year college but did not graduate.
Why are these scholarships intended only for first-generation college (FGC) students? FGC students have significantly lower college completion rates than continuing-generation college students, for a variety of reasons. One of the most important is a lack of financial resources, hindering their ability to focus their efforts on their college coursework. Another issue is less familiarity with college culture and strategies for success in academic pursuits.
What benefits do ESTEEM scholars receive? The scholarships can range from $2,000 up to $9,500 per academic year, depending on the financial need of the student, but the benefits go well beyond scholarships. ESTEEM scholars are also eligible for:
Do I qualify? In order to be eligible, you must be:
You must also have:
Are the scholarships renewable? Yes. If you become an ESTEEM scholar, your scholarship will be automatically renewed for a second year, provided you still meet all the eligibility criteria.
How do I apply? The process involves an initial written application and an interview. To apply, supply the following documents:
You must also ask a non-relative, preferably a college instructor, to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf to esteem [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (email) or the College of Engineering Undergraduate Student Office (hard copy). All application materials must be received by the College of Engineering Undergraduate Student Office by 4 pm on October 17, 2014, for scholarships starting in Fall Quarter 2014.
Based on review of the written applications, finalists will be invited for a personal interview.
For more information: send an email to esteem [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu