Scholarship Application Information

Application is now CLOSED. The 2015-16 application period will open in late January 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot save this application and return later to finish the application. You MUST upload all the required documents at the time you complete this application.

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

PLEASE READ: You must 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. 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.

  • Resume: one-page limit.

  • 700-Word Essay. The 2015 essay question is: Describe your educational and cultural background, professional aspirations, and service to the Hispanic community. What attributes of a STEM leader do you posses and why?

  • 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: It 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 "selfies."
    • 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.

Once you have all the above documents ready and are ready to begin your application, click on the appropriate application link below.

Click Here if you are:
  • Graduating from high school in 2015; or
  • Graduating from high school in 2015 w/college credits; or
  • Returning to college but do not have any college credits. (Must include high school transcripts).

Click Here if you are:

  • Currently enrolled in any undergraduate program; or
  • Graduating from an undergraduate program in 2015, and have been accepted into graduate school for fall 2015; or
  • Graduating or graduated from an undergraduate program and are applying to graduate school for admittance in fall 2015; or
  • Returning to college and have previously attended college. (Must include all college transcripts).

Click Here if you are:

  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program