Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

Scholarship Description

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors.

Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply.


Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000)
Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources
Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal


All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship:
Graduating high school senior at time of application
Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course
Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs
Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences


The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following:
Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA)
Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview
Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership
Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript)
ACT and/or SAT score
Two Recommendation Letters
Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college
Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character
Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following:
Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals

Year of Need: College Freshman,

Type: Needs Based

Num Awards: 25

Min Award: 15,000

Max Award: 60,000

Deadline: 2019-05-01


Sponsoring Organization Thurgood Marshall College Fund
4801 Woodway, Suite 300
E Houston, TX 77056

Contact Person: Deshuandra Walker Student Support Programs Manager

Phone: 713-955-1073

Fax: 480-287-9632