Undergraduate students enrolled in eligible universities and colleges may apply for scholarships through North Carolina Space Grant to help launch their career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
There are two funding opportunities through Space Grant’s MSI STEM scholarship program for for students from underrepresented and underserved populations with an interest in STEM. MSI stands for minority-serving institutions.
“We are elated to support another talented group of students through our MSI opportunities,” Sandy Canfield, assistant director of North Carolina Space Grant, said in a statement. “These awards will help them to expand their visions as they begin their STEM career journeys.”
The MSI STEM Bridge Scholarship Program is for students from underrepresented and underserved populations pursuing STEM-related careers. Selected students will be awarded $5,000 to support a STEM-related research project based on NASA Mission Directorates. Bridge Scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for the North Carolina Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship or the Graduate Research Fellowship following completion of the program.
Applicants must be enrolled as full-time sophomore, junior or senior students at the following NASA-designated colleges and universities:
- Bennett College.
- Chowan University.
- Elizabeth City State University.
- Fayetteville State University.
- Johnson C. Smith University.
- Livingstone College.
- North Carolina A&T University.
- North Carolina Central University.
- North Carolina Wesleyan College.
- Saint Augustine’s College.
- Shaw University.
- University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
- Winston-Salem State University.
The MSI Pathways Scholarship Program is for students starting their academic careers in STEM and NASA-related fields. Full-time community college and undergraduate students who are not seniors can apply for the $3,000 award.
In addition to the aforementioned institutions, students at Bladen Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Robeson Community College and Sampson Community College can apply for the Pathways Scholarship Program.
Applications are due 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic adviser must be received by 6 p.m. Oct. 19.
Space Grant representatives have scheduled three online sessions to offer students with advice and guidance. Registration is required. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The sessions are scheduled for: