To be eligible for the ASPIRE scholarship, an applicant must meet all of these eligibility requirements:
Eligible students who wish to apply must submit a complete ASPIRE scholarship application. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 1. Final application deadline is February 1. Applications may be considered at other times as deemed necessary by project staff. Students who wish to apply for an ASPIRE scholarship must complete a General Scholarship Application online through the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships To access the scholarship application, log-in to your myState account, click on the Scholarship tab and select "Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application".. For the ASPIRE program, a complete scholarship packet must include:
Additional information about the student applicant (e.g. high school GPA, completed coursework, contact information) will be gathered from the applicant’s MSU student record.
Undergraduate applicants must have submitted to the Federal Processor for the Department of Education an Award Year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application must have been received by the Federal Processor by such time as necessary to make information available to MSU’s Department of Student Financial Aid for scholarship consideration. All applicants meeting stated eligibility requirements are considered for the scholarship regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. Applicants from populations typically underrepresented in STEM are encouraged to apply.
|Financial Need||Level of financial need will be determined by the MSU Office of Admissions and Scholarships. By calculating unmet need, each applicant will be rated as high, medium, low, or no need.||35%|
|Academic Talent||Student transcripts will be analyzed for relevant coursework, high school GPA, and class rank.||30%|
|Interest in Field||Student essays will be evaluated to determine the level of interest in AE or IE, and motivation to succeed in the field.||15%|
|References||Reference forms will provide insight into the student’s interests, abilities, and motivation.||10%|
|Extracurricular||Student resumes will be reviewed to determine breadth and depth of involvement, effective time management, and student interests.||10%|
ASPIRE scholarship awards will be given each semester in the amount of $2,500 per semester. ASPIRE Fellows can receive up to eight semesters of scholarship support, for up to $20,000 in total support per student. Fellows who participate in a co-op semester will not receive the scholarship in that semester.
Twelve scholarships will be given for AY 2016-2017, eighteen will be given for AY 2017-2018, and twenty-four will be given each year for AY 2018-2019, AY 2019-2020, and AY 2020-2021.