Adler STEM SMARTS Scholarship Program
Support Mentoring And Resources for Talented Students
Established to enable and empower future generations to participate in the 21st-century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workplace, the Adler Planetarium’s STEM SMARTS scholarship program is designed to help reduce financial barriers for low-income, STEM-achieving students as they pursue their undergraduate degrees.
Up to three college-bound students will be selected to receive a scholarship award of $5,000 per year for up to four years. All program participants will be matched with a professional mentor in a STEM field and will be required to engage in active conversations and attend relationship-building activities and events with their mentors and Adler Staff.
Each eligible applicant should:
- Be Chicago high school senior on track to graduate
- Be accepted to and plan to attend an accredited, four-year college/university in pursuit of a bachelor's degree
- Have demonstrated interest in STEM through participation in out-of-school STEM activities such as after-school clubs, volunteering or internship at a STEM institution, independent extracurricular research, earning badges in STEM youth programs, and/or similar activities
- Have demonstrated academic achievement by grade point average in STEM classes and overall GPA
- Have demonstrated financial need greater than or equal to the annual grant amount of $5,000
- Have demonstrated involvement in the Adler's youth community
Adler STEM SMARTS Scholars will be expected to:
- Take classes in STEM-related subjects for major/minor credit
- Attend Adler STEM SMARTS events during school break
- Submit transcripts and progress reports to appropriate partner organization
- Engage with peers, partnership staff, and STEM mentors
- Represent the program to the broader community
**The application for Fall 2014 is now open! Full application instructions are available. Apply to be a STEM SMARTS Scholar by Friday, April 4, 2014.
Scholar applications will not be considered without the submission of:
- A completed online pre-application form
- A current, official high school transcript
- A copy or scan of applicant's letter of acceptance to chosen college/university
- A copy or scan of the first page of applicant's FAFSA report (SAR)
- Applicant's resume
- A 500- to 750-word essay
- Two letters of recommendation
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adler STEM SMARTS Scholarship Program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors to the Adler Planetarium.