Scholarships and Internships:
There are a number of scholarships and internships available to undergraduate students. Check out the science-related ones below, or see the Betty Howard Center for Student Success for additional websites.
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship:
Abbott and Fenner $1,000 Scholarship: This scholarship is open to all students; apply for this scholarship before June 12, 2017. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write a 500 to 1000 word essay on the following topic: Describe your educational career AND life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals. For more scholarship information visit http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm.
Central Scholarship Bureau:
More than $1 million is available in grants and scholarships from the Central Scholarship Bureau. This nonprofit, privately funded organization offers interest-free loans, grants and scholarships to qualified students to help meet the costs of college, professional or vocational training. Eligible candidates are full-time students in good academic standing, who are established Maryland residents, meet Central Scholarship Bureau income guidelines, and have applied for financial aid. To apply or submit an application package, visit http://www.central-scholarship.org/scholarships/overview/.
Environmental Summer Internship Program:
Gain professional skills by assisting government agencies and Native American tribes with special environmental projects related to air quality and environmental protection. Projects may consist of conducting research, field operations, or developing public policy. For a eight-week internship, each intern will receive a $4,000 salary for the internship, along with travel and housing stipend where needed; applicants must be full-time students with a 2.5 GPA. To complete an application packet visit http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_internship.asp. Application deadline is February 28, 2017 (check back soon for 2018 application deadlines).
Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Competition:
Apply for a Fulbright 2017-2018 grant and receive funding for round-trip travel, health and accident coverage, full or partial tuition, and funding for room, board, and incidental costs. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually in over 155 countries. Applications are generally due in October (Oct. 6, 2017 for this year). For more information, visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program or https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started.
The Hispanic College Fund:
The Hispanic College Fund Scholars Program has multiple scholarships to best fit Hispanic students; scholarships range from $500 – $5,000. Deadlines are quickly approaching and interested students need to apply soon. Scholarships include: Google, Lockheed Martin, Kaiser Permanente College to Caring Program, Marriott Scholars, Sallie Mae First in My Family Scholarship, and the Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship. For more information visit https://www.hsf.net/scholarship.
Also, check out the website for the Hispanic-serving Health Professions Schools (www.hshps.org/). They have links to scholarships and internships that are available to non-Hispanics as well.
Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship:
“The Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship competition is open to Maryland high school seniors and college undergraduate students of Hispanic descent, who maintain full time or part time status at an accredited post-secondary institution beginning in the fall of the current year. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater or GED certification with a recommendation from the academic advisor, plan to attend school for an entire academic year and have financial need. Applicants must also have leadership and community involvement. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist Hispanic students who live in Maryland to achieve potential life goals and make a positive impact on their lives. Scholarships provide recipients with a one time assistance of $2,000.00.” Their deadline is typically June 30; for more details, check them out at http://www.montgomeryhispanicgala.org/scholarship.html.
Marine Science Summer program at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware:
Check out this great undergraduate summer research opportunity at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program allows undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. Student support during the ten-week internship includes a $5,600 stipend, free housing, and travel assistance. For more details go to http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program. The application form and instructions are available at http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program/application. Application deadline: February 10, 2017 (check in Oct. for the 2018 application deadline).
Minority Access Internship Program:
“The Minority Access Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the work place through full time and part time internships. The program allows talented college students to experience the full scope and diversity of career opportunities available in the management, professional and technical domains of participating entities.” Interns in this program can work at sites around the U.S., and receive a bi-weekly stipend, round trip travel expenses and assistance in locating housing. Applications should be U.S. citizens who are full time college students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher. For more information visit Minority Access, Inc. at http://www.minorityaccess.org/ndiip_faq.html.
The Smithsonian has many internship opportunities listed at http://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/. They have a wide variety of internships and application deadlines, so check out their website often.
The Minority Internship (http://www.smithsonianofi.com/minority-internship-program/) is a highly competitive internship for undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA; interns receive a stipend of $600 per week, with possible travel allowances. Application deadlines are generally February 1 and October 1.
Scholarship Fund: The Delaware-District of Columbia-Maryland Association Student Financial Administrators have established a scholarship fund which awards scholarships to students who attend an eligible institution, of which WAU qualifies. For more information on application guidelines please contact the WAU Student Financial Services office or visit www.dedcmdasfaa.org/docs/toc_association.html. Application deadlines are usually mid-April.
Summer Student Internship Program, U.S. Department of State Careers:
Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for an internship with the U.S. Department of State Careers. They’re looking for students in many fields, such as Business, Public Administration, Social Work, Economics, Information Management, Journalism, and Biological, Physical or Engineering Sciences, so check out http://careers.state.gov/intern/which-program-is-right-for-you for more information. Internships may be domestic or international, and may be paid or unpaid, respectively. You may also be interested in the jobs available at USA Jobs: https://www.usajobs.gov.