NASA DC Space Grant Consortium/American University
nderrepresented Women in STEM Essay Scholarship Competition

Description: The NASA District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium is seeking essays from underrepresented undergraduate female students who are currently enrolled full time and seeking a STEM degree at American University, and are considering a career or advanced academic degree in STEM after graduation.  The intent of this competition is to provide scholarships to underrepresented females who demonstrate a desire to work in a NASA relevant STEM discipline, continue their advanced STEM education, and who may have a strong financial need for funding to continue their educational goals at American University.

Eligibility: Students must identify as female and in one of the following underrepresented categories: African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.  Students must be currently enrolled full time at American University and pursuing a STEM degree.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 at time of application.  Students must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: Application deadline is December 22, 2017.

Announcement: Awards will be announced by January 5, 2018.

Essay Topic: Describe how this Award will support your procurement of a STEM undergraduate degree at American University and your goal of a NASA-relevant STEM career and/or advanced degree.  Applicants should show a demonstrable interest in STEM and how it relates to NASA's mission.

Essay Rules: Essay must be written in MS Word with 12pt font size, Times New Roman font type, double spaced, 1" margins. Essay must be a minimum of two pages and a maximum of three pages. 

Scholarships: Up to $20,000 of scholarships are available depending on the number of applications received and their adherence to the competition guidelines. Scholarship funds may be applied to tuition, fees, room and board, and qualified costs of attendance at American University for the Spring 2018 semester.