Scholarship Application Information

The 2016-17 application period is now open through 11:59 pm PST on April 30, 2016.


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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.
    • 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
    • Transcripts must be in English.
  • Resume: one-page limit.

  • 700-Word Essay. The 2016 essay question is: Describe how your cultural identity, professional aspirations, and leadership/service within the Hispanic community have shaped your qualities and attributes as a rising STEM leader?

  • One faculty letter of recommendation from an advisor, dean, principal, faculty or instructor – i.e. someone who can speak on behalf of your academics. NOTE: If the recommender prefers, faculty letters may be directly emailed to Dr. Gary Cruz at,

  • 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 scantly-clad photos.
    • The photo should not be selfie, party-shot, i.e. taken at a party, or party or scantly-clad photo
    • 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.

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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 username and password to access the correct application.

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High School
  • Graduating from high school in 2016; or
  • Graduating from high school in 2016 w/college credits; or
  • Graduating from a college prep high school in 2016 with a combined associates degree and high school diploma; or
  • Returning to college but do not have any college credits. (Must include high school transcripts)
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  • Currently enrolled in a STEM undergraduate program; or
  • Graduating from a STEM undergraduate program in 2016, and have been accepted into a STEM graduate school program for fall 2016; or
  • Graduating or graduated from a STEM undergraduate program and are applying to your first STEM graduate program for admittance in fall 2016; or
  • Returning to college to earn your first bachelors degree (Must include all previous college transcripts).

Note: If you already have an associates degree and are pursuing another associates degree OR if you already have a bachelors degree and are pursuing another bachelors degree, you may not apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is for first-time degree seekers.

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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). This includes medical student applicants. If you already have a masters degree in any discipline you may not apply for the scholarship. The scholarship is for first-time degree seekers at the masters and doctoral level.
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