WEST Scholarship Criteria
WEST Scholars are selected based on the 6 following criteria:
- Number and level of math and science courses completed in high school
- A math ACT score of 23 or higher or placement into Math 1050
- Financial need based on FAFSA results*
- Letter of recommendation from at least one math or science teacher
- A 2-3 min YouTube video submission describing your interest in a STEM major(s) and outlining your career goals.
- An essay (500-words) describing an interest in a STEM major(s) and obstacles you may have encountered. You are encouraged to address how you will support leadership and empowerment through community involvement in STEM fields, and/or your desire to conduct undergraduate research.
Preference will be given to those students interested in chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth and environmental science, and physics. Additionally, those student applicants demonstrating academic and leadership potential and/or acting as a role model for others pursuing a STEM-related field will be more likely to be accepted into the program.
*Applicants must be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
Applications will be reviewed starting early February 2021. First-round offers will be issued on March 1st, 2021. The application process is ongoing and will consider applications until all spots in the program are filled.
Students who are awarded the scholarship will be asked to sign a commitment form and return it by June 4th, 2021.
To keep the scholarship, WEST Scholars are required to:
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA both overall and in the courses of their major
- Keep full-time student status
- Participate in at least 80% of the cohort activities (principally the STEM seminar)
- Make satisfactory progress towards degree requirements in their chosen STEM major
WEST Scholars also will be encouraged to participate in the recruitment of local high school students during the spring semesters and to take advantage of undergraduate research, community-engaged learning, and/or internship opportunities. Many of these opportunities will lead to undergraduate research opportunities, paid internships, and job opportunities as peer mentors and tutors for future WEST scholars.
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Tracy Covey, Ph.D.
Weber State University
College of Science
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2503
Ogden, UT 84408-2503
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