Sma native american stem scholarship guidelines and instructions

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Purpose: Souder Miller & Associates (SMA) seeks to recognize and encourage Native American college-bound high school and college students in his/her pursuance of a four-year degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Scholarship Committee will select recipients without regard to sex, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants must be enrolled members of a United States federally recognized Tribe, Nation, or Pueblo. Preference will be given to applicants who are entering their first year of college and reside within the Southwest Region of the United States.

Scholarship Terms and Renewal: Each scholarship shall be for a full academic year where the student registers for a full-time course load, pursues a BA/BS degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, successfully completes all courses, maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and does not become subject to any disciplinary or criminal action. Automatic renewal for up to a maximum of four academic years or up to completion of Bachelor’s Degree (whichever comes first) is at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee. SMA will transfer the first installment of $750.00 directly to the scholarship recipient’s college or university by August 19th, and the second installment of $750.00 after receipt of the first semester transcripts. No payments will be made directly to scholarship recipients. The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, or on-campus housing/meals.

Eligibility Requirements: In order to be eligible for consideration under this Award program, the scholarship applicant must:

  • Be an enrolled member of federally recognized Pueblo, Nation or Tribe in the United States of America.

  • Be a high school graduate by June 2016 who has been accepted by an accredited U.S. college or university.


  • Be a college STEM student already enrolled at an accredited college or university.

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

  • Major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field.

  • Have a clean criminal and driving record. May not have been placed on disciplinary or academic probation at any time.

Application Requirements: In order to be eligible for consideration, the applicant must provide:

  • Completed and signed application form and applicant agreement

  • Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB)

  • High school or college transcript (cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher)

  • Letter of College or University Admission (if a graduating high school student)

  • Two (2) letters of reference

    • at least one from an instructor or advisor

    • one from another source (not a family member)

  • A one-page, single–spaced essay that answers the question listed in the essay instructions

*** Optional Submission: Please describe any extra-curricular activities you currently participate in and note whether they are related to a STEM field.

Submission Deadline: Must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2016.

E-mail to:, mail or hand-deliver to SMA Native American STEM Scholarship, Souder, Miller & Associates, 3451 Candelaria Road NE, Ste D, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Incomplete application packages will be rejected.
Additional information for scholarship recipients:

  • Recipients are encouraged to attend an Awards Banquet at a designated SMA location

Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified of award by phone and mail; all others will receive an e-mail.

SMA Native American STEM Scholarship Application Form

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