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Scholarship & Grants


General Overview of Deadlines
FALLWINTERSPRING
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (October)  CNAS Scholarships(February) Catharine Larsen Women in Science Award (April
  Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (October) GEICO Achievement Awards(February) AFCEA STEM Teacher Scholarship (April) 
Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers (December)  TEACH Grant (March)  
  FAFSA (March)  
  Perkins (March)  
  SMART Grant (March)  
  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship Program (January)   

AFCEA STEM Teacher Scholarships

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering at least 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Booz Allen Hamilton, Terremark Worldwide, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters.

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 Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. Successful applicants receive a stipend of up to $2,000. The scholarship may be granted to an individual for each of four years.

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 Catharine Larsen Women in Science Award

The Catharine Larsen Women in Science Award was instituted by UCR’s Chancellor and donors during the 2011 season finale of CBS’ Undercover Boss. The winner of this award is expected to devote significant effort to encourage the participation of women in science and to undertake or continue research in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Funding in this grant category is allocated to encourage undergraduates to engage in laboratory research under the close guidance of a CNAS faculty mentor. The top three candidates will be interviewed by a rotating committee of CNAS faculty, including Prof. Catharine Larsen. In addition to the merit of the proposal in its entirety, the interview ensures that recipient of this Women in Science Award can serve as a future ambassador to facilitate the average American’s greater appreciation for how research in the sciences improves their everyday lives.

Eligibility: Freshman, sophomore, or junior CNAS major with a 3.3 minimum GPA.

Application Materials:
1. Application Form (2 pages)
2. Nominating letters from two faculty (one from the supervisor of the research project)
3. Academic and Career Objectives An essay (500-word maximum, ≤ 1 page) details how undergraduate research impacts the applicant’s academic and career objectives. Past and future interest in communicating science to the populace and in encouraging women in particular is explained.
4. Project Description (research & outreach) The original research project to be completed at UCR is detailed (1000-word maximum, ≤ 2 pages). The project objectives, methods, expected results, and potential significance in the applicable field of study are discussed. (One of the two faculty nominating letters must be from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise this project.) The applicant concludes with his or her plans to improve the participation of women in science at UCR and/or in the surrounding communities. A reasonable projected timeline of 6–12 months for both facets of the proposal should be provided.
5. Unofficial Transcript

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CNAS Scholarship Opportunities

Eligible graduate and undergraduate students in CNAS are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships administered by the College's Committee on Honors and Scholarships. Scholarships are available for Spring Quarter. To download application form and to view scholarship details, please visit <http://cnasstudent.ucr.edu/scholarships.html>.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Undergraduate students receive a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Idaho, Berkeley, Livermore, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more… 

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  

Detailed information about the internships can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/ 

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GEICO Achievement Awards

Eligible to full-time accredited four-year college or university students who: possess sophomore or junior status; have at least a 3.0 overall GPA; are majoring in business, computer science, mathematics or a related program; have demonstrated leadership on campus or within the community.

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

By applying to FAFSA, students are automatically considered for various financial resources, including the Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation Program and the Federal SMART Grant Program.  The UCR Financial Aid Office is committed to making it possible for admitted students to be able to attend UCR, regardless of family circumstances.

Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation Program
Students with Federal Perkins loans may be eligible to apply for the Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation program in addition to the APLE program. Students may have up to 100% of their loan cancelled if they meet the criteria of the program.


Federal SMART Grant Program

The SMART grants provide up to an additional $4,000 to third- and fourth-year students who major in mathematics, science, or critical foreign languages, are enrolled full-time, and maintain a 3.0 GPA in college. It is estimated that 500,000 students will qualify to receive these grants. You may also visit Federal Student Aid for more information.

 

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Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF)

KSTF supports passionate, dedicated teachers to thrive in the profession, lead from the classroom and become change agents in education. The KSTF five-year fellowship, one of the most generous and comprehensive professional development programs for STEM teachers, provides its fellows access to a close, collaborative community of like-minded colleagues. KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually in the areas of STEM education. In selecting fellows, KSTF asseses depth and breadth of the applicant's content knowledge, their potential to develop exemplary teaching practices and their ability to cultivate their leadership skills to become teacher leaders.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Demonstrate leadership and outstanding content knowledge
  • Possess a recent content degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (typically within the last 5–10 years)
  • Commit to teaching high school STEM subject(s) in the United States as a primary career (cannot have more than 5–10 years of work experience in another field, or more than 2 years of teaching experience—not intended for career changers)
  • Earn a secondary teaching credential no earlier than January 1, 2013 or no later than September 1, 2014 

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support to college students preparing for teaching secondary school mathematics. Typically, one scholarship, with a maximum value of $10,000, will be awarded to a person currently completing his/her sophomore year of college

Eligibility

Candidates who:

  • currently are completing sophomore year of college
  • will complete degree course work and graduate between April 1, 2013, and August 31, 2015
  • scheduling for full-time study at a four- or five-year college or university in the next academic year
  • pursuing a career goal of becoming a certified teacher of secondary school mathematics
  • and student member of NCTM
Application for Scholarship

To apply for the scholarship, a written proposal must be submitted that includes:

  • evidence of the applicant’s past academic achievement in a college or university
  • the applicant’s commitment to pursue a teaching career in secondary school mathematics

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TEACH Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law.  Each year recipients of the TEACH Grant must sign a Teach Grant Agreement to Serve.

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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The goal of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color is to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as K-12 public school teachers in the United States. Current trends indicate that by the year 2020, the percentage of teachers of color will fall to an all-time low of five percent of the total teacher force, while the percentage of students of color in the K-12 system will likely near 50%. This Fellowship offers an important opportunity to ensure that greater numbers of highly qualified teachers of color enter public school classrooms around the country.

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