Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

Looking For a Scholarship?

Here are some tips to help you out!

  1. Search for scholarships even after you are enrolled in college.
  2.  Use a free scholarship matching service like
    8. MustangJobs
  3. Look for scholarships on bulletin boards in different offices
    1. Financial Aid Office
    2. Library
    3. Careers Services
    4. Housing
    5. University Union
  4. Apply to every scholarship for which you are eligible. Pursue less competitive scholarships, such as small awards and essay contests, since they are easier to win and the money adds up
  5. Don’t miss deadlines. Use a calendar and checklist to get organized.
  6. Tailor your application to the sponsor’s goals. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
  7. Personalize essay and be passionate. Write about something of interest to you. Make your application stands out from the crowd. Talk about your impact on other people. Give examples and be specific.
  8. Google your name and make sure you have a professional online profile. Use a professional email address, such as or your calpoly alias. Clean up the content of your Facebook account, removing inappropriate and immature material.
  9. Proofread your essay and the application for spelling and grammar errors. Have others revise your work, there’s an opportunity at the Writing and Rhetoric Center.
  10. Make a photocopy of your application before mailing it.
  11. Send a thank you note whether or not you are awarded the scholarship.

Cal Poly Financial Aid Office

Department of Defense (DoD)

Science, Math & Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
The SMART Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. This is a Scholarship for Service award and requires service in the form of post‐graduation employment.

Department of Energy (DOE) Scholarship

The DOE provides nationwide opportunities for research participation, fellowships, scholarships, training, and internship programs for undergraduates, grads, postdocs, and faculty.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. Eligible students must be studying in a homeland security related science, technology, engineering or mathematics (HS-STEM) field with an interest, major, or concentration directly related to one of the homeland security research areas.

Environmental Protection Agency

Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study: opens September, 2009. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $17,000 per year of academic support and up to $7,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period.

Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)

MUST awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. The MUST Project is open to all students and is particularly focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter STEM fields. Each year, the MUST Project will support approximately 100 undergraduate students with a one-year competitive scholarship of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students who maintain the required minimum grade point average will be eligible for a paid internship at a NASA center.

Pathways to Science

With a mission to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM), Pathways to Science provides various opportunities and support for: 

Xerox technical Minority Scholarship

Xerox offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

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Cal Poly LSAMP is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0802628 and the CSU Chancellor's Office, and coordinated by the Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at Cal Poly, SLO. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.