MOTIVATING UNDERGRADUATES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST)
The NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project is managed by NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field and administered by the Hispanic College Fund (HCF). MUST is a multi-year initiative to develop undergraduate skill sets and expertise critical to the future Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce and mission of NASA. It is the only undergraduate scholarship program at NASA that is dedicated to underserved and underrepresented students and is renewable through college graduation.
Number of students served: 108
Age group: Undergraduates
Project focus: All groups underserved in STEM
Access and Motivation
Individualized Student Support: A dedicated team of two HCF staff members works on a personal level with each MUST Scholar to support them through college. They provide individual monthly follow up and a monthly newsletter highlighting scholar achievements, opportunities in NASA education, in addition to professional development opportunities with STEM associations and conferences around the nation.
NASA Internship Experience: MUST Scholars participate in a 10-week internship at one of NASA’s ten nationwide centers. Scholars are matched with a mentor, receive an internship stipend of $6,000, and participate in the MUST Annual Challenge.
Scholarships: Project participants receive a scholarship of up to half of tuition and fees, not to exceed $10,000 per year. The scholarship is renewable through to college graduation provided that all eligibility criteria continues to be met