UNCF STEM Scholars Program


Award Amount: $12,500

Number of Awards: Five hundred (500)

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Winner Announcement: Not Known

Brief Description:

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is pleased to provide “The UNCF STEM Scholars Program” to African American students. The scholarship is available to highly capable young people to pursue undergraduate STEM majors and prepares them for successful careers in a variety of STEM professions. The program provides scholarship and academic support for a total of 500 talented African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Host Institution:

UNCF, the United Negro College Fund, also known as the United Fund, is an American philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities.


Please see the basic entry requirements below:

  • Be African American/Black
  • Be a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale and have pursued a rigorous course of study in high school
  • Have a demonstrated high level of academic performance in math and science, evidenced by a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in math and science courses including pre-calculus
  • Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the student’s college or university
  • Be enrolled for the first time at a U.S.-located, accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.

Instructions for Applying:

Firstly applicants must log in through the given link to apply for the scholarship:

Supporting Documents:

  • Submission of one (1) letter of recommendation submitted:
  • A high school STEM teacher
  • A STEM program sponsor (an individual who has engaged the student in a STEM program during the school year and/or summer, and who can provide insight into the student’s academic performance and potential for success in pursuing a STEM degree).
  • Completion of all Essays
  • Completion of the application form to include demographic information + Student record of leadership & community service record.

Award Description:

  • Up to $2,500 per academic year for freshmen and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors, and an additional
  • Up to $5,000 for students whose academic programs require a fifth year
  • Academic support and mentoring
  • Access to online academic support service and resource platform and other STEM-discipline support services.
  • Scholarships are renewable for five undergraduate years, contingent upon:
  1. Maintenance of a 2.5 (out of 4.0) grade-point average + Continued full-time enrollment to degree in an eligible STEM major
  2. A $5,000 stipend based on a STEM-related project/internship of the student’s interest

Detailed Information Link: