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MESA University Program Scholarship Application

Dear MESA University Program Student:
The MESA University Program is a UCSB undergraduate retention program for students who are first-generation and/or low-income college students in STEM majors. This year, we would like to extend an invitation to you to apply to our annual UCSB MESA University Program Scholarship. This process involves a general scholarship application for MESA enrolled STEM students, meaning that you only need to complete ONE APPLICATION (including supporting materials) to be eligible for one or more MESA and industry-sponsored scholarships. Please note that some scholarships are pre-designated for students in a specific major, program or college. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership skills, resourcefulness, high personal standards and a personal commitment to helping the student organization, MESA office and community achieve its goals on campus and off-campus.

Application DEADLINE

Completed scholarship application must be received via upload by 11:59 PM, Monday, May 18, 2020. Please use the following link to submit your application materials:

Letter of Recommendation should be submitted by recommender directly to MESA University Program Director, Micaela Morgan ( by Friday, May 22, 2020.

Application Materials

Within the Scholarship application, you will be asked to provide academic and extracurricular information and submit three short responses (350 words each). Additionally, we ask you to upload the following documents:

  • Current Unofficial Transcript from GOLD
  • Resume
  • Financial Aid Award Letter (if no letter can be provided, state your reason in the essay)
  • Professional Photo

Additionally, you will need one Letter of Recommendation (Not from a MESA Staff member, friend or relative) from a faculty member, mentor or staff member who knows you and can address the following questions:

  • How long have you known the student, and in what capacity?
  • What do you know of the student's future educational and/or career plans?
  • What are your impressions related to the student's abilities, character, and potential to succeed in a STEM career?