Frequently Asked Questions

Achieve Scholars Program

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Achieve Scholars Program. Click on the question to see the answer.

1. What is STEM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. If you are not sure, you can email:


We accept majors from the College of Science, Engineering, Environmental Design and Agriculture. There are some majors from the College of Environmental Design and Agriculture that we cannot accept so please check with us prior to applying.

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2. Who qualifies?

Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors STEM majors with good academic standing.

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3. What GPA or SAT math score requirement is needed to apply?

3.0 or higher, SAT math score of 450.

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4. What type of financial assistance do you get through Achieve?

  • $1,000 stipend per academic year.
  • $500 for research related supplies with faculty mentorship.

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5. What are the requirements to attain funding?

The $1,000 dollar stipend will be distributed at the completion of the Achieve Scholars Program course (class counts towards Area E of the General Education Requirement).

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6. How many scholarships are offered every year?

60 (but may fluctuate up or down depending on need).

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7. Can I reapply?

Yes, but you must maintain good academic standing.

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8. When do applications open and when is the deadline to apply?

Applications open spring quarter date to be determined.

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9. Do I need a letter of recommendation as an incoming freshman or transfer student?

No, letters are optional but we accept letters from high school teacher, faculty from CPP or another institution, or professional employment supervisor.

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10. Do I need a letter of recommendation if I am reapplying?

No, Achieve Scholars Program continuing students only need to maintain good standing but my reapply every year.

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For additional information or questions, please contact Office of Undergraduate Research at or Program Coordinator Everardo Barraza at