The Girls in STEM (GIS) Scholarship Award (2020-2021) is open to students enrolled in any STEM related undergraduate programs at an accredited university, and is awarded annually in the amount of $500.
One of our goals at Girls Who STEM (GWS) is to increase access and participation of girls in STEM fields, and promote and as support girls and women in STEM projects, areas of study and professions. The GIS Scholarship is one way we can advance this mission, while also helping the next generation of young women and future STEM professionals reach their academic goals.
Who can Apply?
Applicants in good academic standing, with extracurricular community experience or a demonstrated passion for STEM and an interest in working in STEM fields.
We’re looking for applicants with an educational and personal history of working on STEM projects, studying in a STEM field, and have shown a strong passion of the inclusion of girls and women in STEM fields, and hope to one day work in a STEM-related job.
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear your story.
To qualify, applicants must demonstrate both academic distinction in any STEM-related areas of study, as well as financial need. This scholarship will be awarded to students with career interests in STEM-related fields, research and any other STEM-related areas.
The award aims to expand the duties of STEM professionals to encompass fostering dialogue with communities, and participating in educational efforts aimed at promoting access to girls in STEM programs as well as the ongoing efforts to promote the inclusion and success of women in STEM areas of study and STEM professions.
Through the GIS scholarship award, GWS will identify applicants who have the above interests and criteria, and who demonstrate efforts aimed to promote broader awareness of the importance of access to STEM programs for girls. Applicants should also articulate approaches that can be used to allow the inclusion of girls and women in STEM professions.
One applicant will be chosen to receive the scholarship award in the amount of $500 each calendar year. This scholarship award program is an equal-opportunity award open to all qualified applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.
Student Scholarship Criteria
- Currently enrolled in good standing in an accredited STEM-related undergraduate program in the United States
- Current overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Proven history of advocacy for participation of girls in STEM programs
- Demonstrated community involvement
- Demonstrated financial need
Application Requirements and Deadline
The application period for the GIS Scholarship Award begins on October 1, 2020, and eligible students may submit applications through December 31, 2020. Only applicants who submit completed applications in full by December 31, 2020 are eligible for consideration. The recipient of the award will be announced on January 31, 2021; the recipient will be notified via email.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit the following:
- First and last name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Current college or university you attend
- Current GPA
- Expected graduation date
- Current course of study
Also, applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay that explains:
- Why you’ve chosen to pursue a career in a STEM-related field
- What your specific community involvements are or have been with advocating access to girls and women in STEM programs and professions.
- How you intend to use this award
Finally, please include any pictures you have that demonstrate your involvement in girls and women in STEM programs.
Submit the information and essay by email to scholarship [at] girlswhostem.com no later than December 31, 2020. You will receive an email reply within 5 business days to confirm receipt of your application materials.
All applications will be reviewed by our Girls in STEM Scholarship Award committee members, who will score each submission and essay on a scale of 1 to 20 based on merit and need factors. The highest scored submission will receive the Girls in STEM Scholarship Award of $500. All applicants will be notified by email and the scholarship funds will be disbursed (by check from RKT Publishing, LLC, the GWS parent company) on February 1, 2021.
2020-2021 Award Winner
We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2020-2021 GIS Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:
School: North Carolina State University
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Major: Computer Science
2019-2020 Award Winner
We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2019-2020 GIS Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:
Dawool (Lauren) Nam
School: Vanderbilt University
2018-2019 Award Winner
We’re excited to announce the recipient of the 2018-2019 GIS Scholarship Award for the amount of $500:
School: Georgia Institute of Technology
Expected graduation date: May 2022
Major: Computer Science