TMCF | Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in partnership with the DOD is pleased to offer full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors. Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST choose to study in one of these fields to apply.

Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000)

  • Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources
  • Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal

Scholarship Criteria

  • 2018 Graduating high school senior at time of application
  • Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
  • Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs
  • Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences

Application Process

  • 2018-2019 Student Aid Report (SAR) (received from filing FAFSA)
  • Essay: In 750-words or less, describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation – must be submitted by Recommender
    • Academic – a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college
    • Character – a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character
  • Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership
  • Submit high school transcript (official or unofficial, cumulative GPA: weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript)
  • Copy of ACT and/or SAT score
  • Applicants will need to complete an Online Interview and an Assessment as part of the application process.

How to Apply
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