For Black Women in STEM
On average, Black women in STEM earn salaries that are 45% lower than their highest-paid peers. BestColleges is committed to breaking down barriers for students in underrepresented communities, who desire careers in the most competitive fields. This year, we’ll be giving away five $6,000 scholarships to Black women who are currently pursuing careers in STEM.
- This Scholarship Contest is open only to individuals who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
- You must intend to enroll or be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university in the United States for the 2023-24 academic year.
- You must be at least 17 years old.
- This scholarship is for individuals who identify as a cisgender, transgender, or gender non-conforming Black woman, and who are pursuing a STEM-related field.
How to EnterLimit one entry per person. The Scholarship Contest begins on May 12, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. EST. All entries must be received by September 30, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Write an original essay with a maximum of 500 words on why you are pursuing a STEM degree, or how you will impact the world through your contemplated STEM career.
- Be original to you and not previously published or submitted to any other contest, sweepstakes or promotion.
- Be suitable for general audiences and not offensive, obscene, defamatory or illegal.
- Not contain any personally-identifiable information of any person other than yourself nor violate the rights of others or any applicable law.
Submit your application through the online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What would qualify as STEM?
STEM careers include jobs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
One of the best reasons to pursue a STEM career is the expected salary. On average, STEM jobs net over $100,000 a year, compared to $55,000 a year for non-STEM occupations. Not only do STEM industries often include lucrative paychecks, but these jobs frequently offer cutting-edge skills and career growth. Not surprisingly, some of most common STEM degree paths include computer science information technology and software engineering.
However, these degrees are also top STEM picks:
How are winners selected?
All participants and entries are subject to verification. After the application deadline, the scholarship administrator will review all eligible entries. On or about October 20, 2023, the administrator will select five winning entries in accordance with the following criteria:
- Category 1: Thoughtfulness of response – Fifty percent (50%)
- Category 2: Relevance to question – Thirty percent (30%)
- Category 3: Quality of composition – Fifteen percent (15%)
- Category 4: Grammatical accuracy – Five percent (5%)
- Odds of Winning: The odds of winning depend on the quality and number of eligible entries received.
In the case of a tie, winner entries will be selected based on their thoughtfulness of response and relevance to the question, as compared to the other finalists.
The winning participants will be notified by email to the email address provided in the submission form. Potential winners may be required, within five days of the winner notification being sent, to provide to the administrator further contact and residence information and to execute and deliver a written affidavit of eligibility, acceptance of these official rules, release of liability/publicity, scholarship disbursement forms, and other reasonable documentation. In the event that a potential winner does not timely comply, the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected based on the criteria listed above.
Are there other scholarships I can apply for?
Yes! While this scholarship is specific to Black women in STEM, there are alternative scholarships available that you may be eligible for. We've put together a list of additional opportunities here.
Who should I contact if I have any other questions?
Send us and email at firstname.lastname@example.org for any other questions and concerns.