WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A consortium led by the Hispanic
College Fund (HCF) with the support of the Society of Hispanic Professional
Engineers (SHPE) and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs
Corporation (UNCFSP) was awarded a $1.75 million grant to administer NASA's
Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Program (MUST) and
award scholarships and internships to undergraduate students pursuing
degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, more widely known as
NASA's MUST Program is designed to attract and retain students in STEM
disciplines by providing them a framework of support. The MUST Program
scholarship application is available online at http://www.hispanicfund.org
. The application deadline is August 19, 2006.
By this fall, the MUST Program will support approximately 100
undergraduate students with a one-year competitive scholarship of up to
one-half of tuition not to exceed $10,000, and a paid internship relevant
to their chosen field. Additionally, students will benefit year-round from
tutoring, lecture series and STEM faculty, industry, and peer mentors. The
scholarships and internships will be renewable for up to three years
provided the students continue to meet the academic requirements.
"NASA's Office of Education is excited about providing opportunities
that inspire, engage, educate, and employ our nation's next generation of
explorers and innovators. We look forward to this partnership between NASA
and the consortium," said NASA's acting Assistant Administrator for
Education John Hairston.
The MUST Program is open to all students and is particularly focused on
engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups to enter
STEM fields. Applicants must be rising college freshmen, sophomores or
juniors, be U.S. citizens, have a minimum cumulated grade average of 3.0 on
a 4.0 scale, and be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline
as a full-time student.
The MUST Consortium is a dynamic collaboration of three qualified and
experienced not-for-profit organizations with applicable expertise to
manage all facets of the MUST Program. The HCF, SHPE and UNCFSP each have
an established track record of providing education and support services to
Minority Institutions, faculty, and students.
"We are proud to have shown how non-profits can work together and pool
their experience and resources to serve our communities," said Idalia
Fernandez, the Hispanic College Fund's Vice President & COO.
"Our combined portfolio of expertise, cultural competence, outreach,
recruitment and professional development is made much stronger by the great
working relationship we have with the HCF and UNCFSP," said Diana Gomez,
national president of SHPE.
"Working together, we can leverage our unsurpassed network of Minority
Institutions, administrators, faculty, and students to ensure high
competitive participation from a broad spectrum of targeted
underrepresented and underserved minorities," said Aaron R. Andrews,
President and CEO of UNCFSP.
More information and details about the MUST Program will be available
on each of the Consortium member websites: http://www.hispanicfund.org ,
http://www.shpe.org or http://www.uncfsp.org . For information about NASA's
education programs, visit http://www.education.nasa.gov .
The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization
dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals in
America. The HCF mission is to provide Hispanic students with the vision,
resources and mentorship needed to attain successful careers and become
community leaders. Since its founding in 1993, HCF has supported the
education of over 3,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking
careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $6
million in grants. For more information about the Hispanic College Fund,
please visit http://www.HispanicFund.org .
SHPE, Inc. is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical
talent, committed to enhancing America's position in math, science,
engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce.
The largest Hispanic engineering organization, SHPE serves its strong
independent network of 51 professional chapters and 191 student chapters
with national leadership training programs, educational programs, and
professional development initiatives that include national conferences and
career fairs. SHPE's education programs and opportunities are funded by
over 44 companies and government agencies such as the Department of
Defense, the Department of Energy and NASA. In addition, SHPE has a
partnership with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
(AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), National GEM
Consortium (GEM), and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native
Americans (SACNAS). For more information about SHPE, please visit
An independently-established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, UNCFSP
has a broad mandate of serving domestic and international Minority
Institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and
Universities (TCUs), and Other Minority Institutions (OMIs). UNCFSP
currently manages eighteen capacity building, workforce development, and
technical assistance programs, including a robust portfolio of STEM
programs sponsored by NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department
of Energy. UNCFSP possesses strong expertise in recruitment; application
receipt, review, and selection; internship placements, monitoring and
tracking, evaluation, and dissemination. For more information about UNCFSP,
please visit http://www.uncfsp.org .
SOURCE Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers