Scholarship Opportunities

Student Scholarships


Amount: One $500 scholarship will be awarded each quarter.

AfterCollege is proud to offer a scholarship for students currently seeking a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree in a field of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science. Since 2000, AfterCollege has awarded more than $800,000 to students and student groups, and we are proud to offer this scholarship for deserving students of Engineering or Engineering Technology.

Application Requirements: Eligibility for Student Scholarship: • Student must be in good standing in an accredited program in the field of Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science • Student must have and carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA • Student must be a full-time student while under the scholarship


Alice B. Hayes Science Scholarships/Fellowships

Amount: The scholarship may be applied to semester, summer, or intersession courses at USD, and will not exceed $5000
Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

June 2003 marked the grand opening of the Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, and the retirement of Dr. Alice B. Hayes, President of the University of San Diego. As part of the opening of the Shiley Center, a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Hayes was therefore established in support of students who display merit and majoring in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, marine science, environmental studies or physics. Students may choose to use funding from the Hayes Scholarship fund to support summer and academic year research. A committee of faculty members from the four science departments will judge applications.

Application Requirements: 1. Sophomore or Junior level at USD 2. Grade point average of 3.25 or higher. 3. Declared major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry, marine science, environmental studies or physics. Note: Previous Hayes Scholarhsip recipients are ineligible to apply. Those who have applied in the past and did not receive a Hayes Scholarship are eligible to re-apply.

USD Faculty Contact: Tammy Dwyer

Procedure: Hayes Application

Association for Women in Science - San Diego

Amount: Each AWIS-SD Scholar receives a $1000 Scholarship Award and 1 year complimentary AWIS-SD Chapter-only membership.

The San Diego Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) offers scholarships to community college, undergraduate, and graduate women in San Diego County who are in pursuit of a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Each year the chapter awards $1,000 scholarships to women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics in San Diego County. AWIS San Diego scholarship recipients are not only achieving academic success, they are also involved in community outreach programs related to their fields of study, and AWIS San Diego is proud to support them in their pursuit of a scientific career.

Application Requirements: Eligibility: Female students actively engaged in a degree program in the 2015-2016 academic year may apply. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be affiliated with an institute of higher learning (College and above) in San Diego County.


Department of Homeland Security Education Program

Amount: The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country. Participants receive a stipend plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location.

The DHS Summer Research Team (SRT) Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides research opportunities to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS.

Application Requirements: The program supports research teams composed of a faculty member and up to two students (undergraduate or graduate level) for a 10-week summer appointment. Participants conduct research at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence.


Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women & Public Policy

Amount: Compensation for the fellowship is $27,000 over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend.

Research assistant engage a series of critical issues facing women in American society including: The quality of women's jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility. Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women. Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality. Older women's economic issues, including social security and pensions. The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.

Application Requirements: Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in a social science discipline, statistics, or women's studies. Graduate work is not required. Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women's issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.


Pathways to Science

Amount: Summer internships, undergraduate scholarships and graduate program support.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2016


Application Requirements: Series of scholarships to support students interested in undergraduate or graduate work in the sciences.



Amount: Each S3 S-STEM 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. n 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 specially designed courses

The USD S3 S-STEM Scholarship program aims to attract and support excellent students wishing to major in the areas of mathematics, computer science, physics or biophysics, and the program is particularly interested in recruiting low-income, underrepresented, first-generation college and female students. Each S3 S-STEM 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.

Application Requirements: An applicant must satisfy the following in order to be considered to become an S3 S-STEM Scholar: - Be enrolled as a full-time student at University of San Diego. - Have a minimum cumulative USD GPA of 3.0. - Be majoring in computer science, mathematics, physics and/or biophysics. - Be a first year student during the 2014-2015 academic year. - Demonstrate financial need, as defined by the US Department of Education rules for need-based Federal Financial Aid, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting it through the appropriate channels. - Be a citizen of the United States, a national of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), an alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

USD Faculty Contact: Dr. Perla Myers at

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