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APS Minority Scholarship

Scholarship Provider: American Physical Society (APS)
Application Deadline: 02/07/2014
Description: Goal

The APS Minority Scholarship helps increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics.  The scholarship  provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students, helping them  enhance their education and for successfully prepare for a variety of   careers.


Through the generosity of corporate and individual donors, the APS has been able to offer the APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors (formerly known as the Corporate-Sponsored Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Students Who Major in Physics).

This program, which began in 1980, has graduated students who have received their Ph.D.s in physics and are now working as physics faculty members in universities, as well as research scientists at corporations and national labs. Some past scholars have also become high school physics teachers.

Scholar Selection

Each year, the APS Committee on Minorities in Physics (COM) acts as the selection committee for this scholarship which attracts many excellent applicants.

This scholarship is available to any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Engineering physics and applied physics majors also welcome to apply.
Scholarship Amount: See other comments
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School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Applicant Class Requirement: Entering First Year Undergraduate or Freshman or Sophomore
Minority Status Requirement: African American or Hispanic American or Native American
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Awards Given: 21-50
Length of Award: Renewable
Other Comments: Award
The award consists of $2000 per year for new minority scholars, and $3000 per year for renewal students to be used for tuition, room & board, and educational materials. In addition, each student is paired with both a local mentor at their institution, and an APS mentor.

Application Requirements
You will need to create an APS account and apply for an APS Minority Scholarship online.  You must fill out all five parts of the online application and have all of the required documentation sent to our office.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered.  The final application should include:

*One completed online student application form with personal statement.

*Two completed reference forms in sealed envelopes with reference's signature across the seal, or the form may be scanned and emailed to our office from the reference's institutional email account.  At least one of the references must be from a science or math teacher/professor.  For renewal students, both references must be from math or science professors.

*Current, official transcripts in sealed envelopes with registrar's stamp or seal across envelope's seal

    High school senior: cumulative high school transcripts.
    College freshmen: high school and college transcripts.
    College sophomores: college transcripts.  

*Academic aptitude test scores (SAT, ACT) sent directly to the APS Office.  The Educational Testing Service code for sending SAT scores to APS is 0634; the ACT code for the APS is 2675.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Arlene Modeste Knowles, Career & Diversity Programs Administrator
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
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