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USD National Science Foundation Scholarship Program for Majors in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics (MCP)

The USD NSF-MCP Scholarship program aims to attract and support excellent students wishing to major in the areas of mathematics, computer science or physics, and the program is particularly interested in recruiting low-income, underrepresented, first-generation college and female students. Each NSF-MCP Scholar receives up to $7500 per year, based on demonstrated financial need, to work towards the degree in mathematics, computer science or physics, and the scholarship can be renewed on an annual basis for up to four years.  In addition to the monetary award, the program will provide NSF-MCP Scholars with the following opportunities:

  • Participation in a cohort group with similar interests and academic background throughout the undergraduate program
  • Extensive mentoring by one or more faculty members
  • Participation in undergraduate interdisciplinary research, and
  • Participation in a specially designed freshman preceptorial course “MODELING MECHANICS: MATH, MATLAB, N'MORE” that focuses on topics in physics from mathematical modeling and computational science perspectives

Basic Requirements for the NSF-MCP Scholarship Program:

  • Full-time freshmen pursuing a major in mathematics, computer science or physics at the University of San Diego
  • US citizens, US nationals (as defined in Section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), refugee aliens (as defined in Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or aliens lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence
  • Demonstrated financial need as defined by the US Department of Education. This will be determined by the USD Office of Financial Aid based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which students must submit to be eligible for the scholarship
  • Demonstrated potential for academic excellence in one of three aforementioned majors

There is no separate application for this scholarship program, but interested students are encouraged to contact us to let us know their interest in the program.  More program details will be available soon.

Scholarship Program Faculty Members: