Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program was established by AISES in 1983 in memory of A.T. Anderson (Mohawk), a chemical engineer and an AISES founder. Annual scholarships are awarded to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) college students pursuing academic degrees in the sciences, engineering, medicine, natural resources, and math. The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship program is a cornerstone of AISES’ scholarship activity. Over 28 years, AISES has awarded over $8,7M cumulatively in scholarship support to 4,924 AI/AN students. This is a competitive program. This year, 80 students were awarded scholarships from a candidate pool of over 160. This merit-based scholarship program plays an important role in helping remove financial barriers to higher education among Native undergraduates and graduates majoring in the STEM fields. This is significant in light of U.S. Department of Education 2009 data showing that only only 185,000 AI/AN students were enrolled in higher education (a mere 0.6% of overall student enrollment). This fact, coupled with high drop-off rates from STEM to other areas of study contribute to underrepresentation of AI/ANs in higher education overall and specifically in the STEM fields.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four year college/university, or a full-time student at a two year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree during the award year (including incoming freshman).
Majoring in one of the following college disciplines: Math, Medicine, Physical Science, Technology, Science Engineering, Natural Resources
Must be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed.