ACCESS Application


Applying for the ACCESS Scholarship

For 2020-2021, ACCESS seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds. ACCESS especially encourages first generation and college transfer students to apply. Application opens early January and closes March 1.

How ACCESS students are selected:

  • A panel of STEM faculty review and discuss each application
  • ACCESS focuses on a holistic review process. Academic and extracurricular experiences, letters of recommendation, GPA, and standardized exam scores are all considered, and no category receives higher weight. If your GPA is a 3.0, we still encourage you to apply.

Your ACCESS application must include:


  • Personal Essay
    Highlight your interests, academic and career goals, and motivation to pursue a major and career in STEM. How will ACCESS help you succeed, as an undergraduate, in the sciences or engineering? (500 words max)
  • Diversity
    Science and innovation benefits from collaboration that comes from varied viewpoints. The ACCESS Program seeks to build a diverse and inclusive cohort with individuals from different backgrounds. How might your own life experiences, leadership qualities, and/or goals contribute to advancing gender equity in STEM fields? Do you have any unusual or varied life experiences that might contribute to diversity in ACCESS? This can include fluency in other languages, economic hardship, being the first in your immediate family to seek a college degree, and/or cultural or societal interests and experiences. (300 words max)

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation
    High school students- At least one letter must be from a science teacher
    Transfer students- At least one letter must be from a professor (science professor preferred)
  • Resume
    Information on work experience and volunteering, awards, and extracurricular activities
  • Official transcript
    We are especially interested in students who have taken rigorous science courses (high school and/or college level)
    High school students - High school transcript
    Transfer students - Transcript from collegiate institutions you have attended

    **In person or Skype/Facetime interviews may be requested.