HENAAC Scholarship Application

The 2017-18 Scholarship Application Portal is now OPEN. Deadline is 11:59 pm, PST, on April 30, 2017.


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It is STRONGLY recommended that you read through the FAQs before you begin this application or contact the GMiS Office.

It is strongly recommended that you have all the following documents ready to upload at the time of application. Documents must be in PDF format or WORD document. Transcripts that are multiple pages must be scanned, saved and uploaded as one single PDF (The system will not allow you to upload each transcript page as individual files). Photos must be submitted as a JPEG as per the instructions below.

  • Official Transcripts:
    • Transcripts must contain the seal of your university/college or high school or signature of the Registrar. (it is okay to open transcripts you received in a sealed envelope to scan and upload or email).
    • The cumulative GPA, weighted or unweighted must appear on the transcript. If the GPA is not indicated on the transcript, the transcript will be considered invalid and your application incomplete. GMiS does not calculate GPAs.
    • A generic grade report or a printout from an online course schedule is NOT an Official Transcript.
    • If your school has the capacity to send e-transcripts, transcripts must be sent to Dr. Gary Cruz at scholars@greatmindsinstem.org
    • Transcripts must be in English.
  • Resume: one-page limit.

  • 700-Word Essay. The 2017 essay question is: Describe your cultural identity/background, career aspirations, leadership/service within the Hispanic community, and how these three attributes have shaped your STEM individuality.

  • Chevron Scholarship – Undergraduate and graduate students only - If you have an interest in working in the energy, petroleum, gas or oil industry and would like to also be considered for a $5,000 Chevron Scholarship, please download the document – Chevron Questions – complete the questions and upload the document as part of your application.

  • One faculty letter of recommendation from an advisor, dean, principal, faculty or instructor – i.e. someone who can speak on behalf of your academics. It is strongly suggested that the letter be written on official letterhead and/or include the recommender’s signature. NOTE: If the recommender prefers, faculty letters may be directly emailed to scholars@greatmindsinstem.org, attention to HENAAC Scholarship Selection Committee.

  • One peer letter of recommendation from a friend, classmate, lab partner, teammate, member of a student/youth organization. The letter may not be from a mentor, coach, or supervisor, unless that individual is within your same age group.

  • Photo: The photo will not be used in the scholarship selection, but rather used for publications of scholarship recipients, in print and online.
    • The photo must be professional in style and content.
    • The photo must be of high quality – i.e. 300 dpi. In other words, no cell phone photos. The photo must be taken with a digital camera or scanned at a high resolution. An indicator of a high quality photo is a photo over 1 MB.
    • The photo should be a head-shot. There is no need for a full-body photo.
    • The photo should not be a party-shot, i.e. taken at a party. No party or scantily-clad photos.
    • The photo should not a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media photo.
    • The photo should not be a glamour shot.
    • The photo should not be Black and White or Sepia. Photos must be in full color.

Register & Login

Click on the appropriate application link below to register for a login username and password or to sign into your application. All users must first create a NEW username and password to access the correct application.

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High School
  • Graduating from high school in 2017; or
  • Graduating from high school in 2017 w/college credits; or
  • Returning to college but do not have any college credits. (Must include high school transcripts with GPA)
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Undergraduate If you are pursuing or planning to pursue a second, third, etc. bachelors degree, you may not apply for a scholarship.
  • Currently enrolled in a STEM undergraduate program; or
  • Graduating from a STEM undergraduate program in 2017, and have been accepted into a STEM graduate school program for fall 2017; or
  • Graduating or graduated from a STEM undergraduate program and are applying to their first STEM graduate program for admittance in fall 2017; or
  • Returning to college to earn your first bachelors degree (Must include all college transcripts with GPA).
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  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program (Note: applicants must be pursuing their first masters degree or first doctoral degree.  If you are returning to school for another masters or another doctoral degree, you may not apply). This includes medical student applicants
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