Scholarship FAQ - ELIGIBILITY

Do I need to be Hispanic to qualify for a HENAAC scholarship?

Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.

Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply for the HENAAC scholarship?

The majority of scholarships offered under the HENAAC Scholars Program require U.S. citizenship. However, a few sponsors require U.S. residency or do not have a citizenship requirement. All students are encouraged to apply.

Is there a minimum GPA?

Yes. The minimum overall GPA is 3.00. However, in extenuating circumstances, students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be considered.

Which majors qualify for the HENAAC Scholars Program?

All science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors qualify for the HENAAC scholarships. The majority of the corporate, government and individually sponsored scholarships require specific majors. Please review each individual scholarship requirement as listed on our website. CLICK HERE for a list of sample STEM disciplines.

I am planning to enter the health professions, am I eligible for a HENAAC scholarship?

GMiS is currently seeking sponsorship to support students in the health professions.  So, students pursuing a health profession are encouraged to apply..

Are students at a community college eligible to apply?

Yes. Students pursuing an accredited program of study in science, technology, engineering or math at a 2-year community college, in the U.S., leading to an associate’s degree or a transfer program, are eligible to apply and will be considered for a scholarship.

Do I have to be enrolled in college in the fall to be eligible for a scholarship?

Yes, you must be enrolled as a full-time student, in an accredited academic program, at a community college or 4-year university, the following fall semester/quarter to receive a scholarship. Great Minds in STEM™ requires enrollment verification prior to receiving your scholarship.

May I be enrolled in a technical, trade or vocational school?

No. Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting 2-year or 4-year institution. Students enrolled in certification programs or receiving technical or vocation training are ineligible for a HENAAC Scholarship.

Does the University of Phoenix, Western Governors University, or similar institutions qualify as an accredited institution?

No. The nature of the institution, primarily to provide an online, distance education, does not qualify as an accredited institution for a science, technology, engineering or math degree.

I am a college student, do I have to be enrolled full-time during the spring semester that the application is due?

Yes. You must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited academic program, in the United States or its territories, during the application period.

I am a college student, but am currently studying abroad, do I have to be enrolled full-time during the spring semester that the application is due?

Yes. Your home institution, in the United States or its territories, must consider you to be enrolled full-time in an accredited academic program, during the application period.

I am a first year college student, in an undeclared major, but looking to move into a STEM program of study, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Undeclared college students looking to switch into a STEM field of study are eligible to apply. However, if selected, scholarship recipients must be pursuing a STEM field of study and must submit proof of enrollment the following fall semester.

I am a senior in high school, do I qualify for the HENAAC Scholarship?

Graduating high school seniors qualify for the scholarship if they will be enrolled as a full-time student, in a science, technology, engineering or math field, at an accredited college/university, in the U.S. or its territories, in the fall semester immediately following their graduation. Enrollment verification in a STEM field of study is required the proceeding fall semester.

I have been out of high school or college for some time. May I still apply for the scholarship?

Yes.  If you are returning to college after an absence, you will be required to submit the official transcript of the educational institution you last attended. Enrollment verification in a STEM field of study is required the proceeding fall semester.

I graduated from a high school outside the U.S., and am looking to enter college for the first time in the U.S., am I eligible to apply for this scholarship?

Yes. However, transcripts must be translated into English into a 4.0 scale. Both the international transcript and the translated transcript must be submitted.  GMiS does not accept transcripts that are not in English.  The GPA must appear on the transcript.  Enrollment verification in a STEM field of study is required the proceeding fall semester.

I completed my undergraduate studies outside the U.S., and am entering into a graduate program in the U.S., am I eligible to apply for a HENAAC Scholarship?

Yes. International students may apply. However, transcripts must be translated into English on a 4.0 scale. Both the international transcript and the translated transcript must be submitted. Enrollment verification in a STEM field of study is required the proceeding fall semester.

My parents are active military and I am completing my high school diploma abroad, am I eligible to apply for a HENAAC Scholarship?

Yes. So long as your parents are on active duty and you are completing your studies in an approved course of study, you are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

I am home schooled, am I eligible to apply for a HENAAC Scholarship?

Yes, if you are considered a graduating high school senior and the high school curriculum you are completing is an accredited curriculum.  A transcript of grades with the GPA must be submitted.

I am a working professional pursuing a college degree part time, am I eligible to apply for a HENAAC Scholarship?

No. You must be enrolled full-time (12 hrs undergraduate; 9 hrs graduate) in an accredited academic program, in the United States or its territories, both at the time of application and during the term of the scholarship, if awarded.

I am a doctoral candidate working full-time, am I eligible to apply for a HENAAC Scholarship?

Doctoral candidates, i.e. those students who have passed all their comprehensive examinations, must be making satisfactory progress toward their dissertation and be enrolled at least half-time in their academic program.

If I am a previous HENAAC scholarship recipient, am I eligible to re-apply?

Yes. So long as you are enrolled in a full-time, accredited academic program majoring in a STEM-related field.