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NEXTGEN-EDC aims to provide informational resources for current and future STEM majors regarding the application process to colleges and universities, scholarship opportunities, and collegiate and professional societies that promote diversity in STEM fields. 

NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace Academy

NASA MUREP homepage

Evaluation form for the UCF NASA MAA can be found here

NASA Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab

NASA Glenn’s Virtual SLOPE Tour can be found here.

Engineering Resources

Online user-friendly computer-aided design program, Tinkercad

Scholarship and Professional Development Resources

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a three part program for community college students to learn about career opportunities at NASA. During the third part of this program, students will participate in a design challenge at a NASA field center or partner institution. The program leads to networking, job-shadow, and professional development workshops.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Application

Article about NCAS experiences

Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP)

The Research and Mentoring Program is for students who are underrepresented in graduate programs and offers up to $2,800 in scholarships for the academic year to conduct a research project with a faculty member. The program also offers a community of resources for participants to prepare for a successful graduate career.

McNair Scholars Program

“The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare students from low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented groups for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in courses, seminars and workshops on topics related to graduate school preparation, complete a paid research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional and national conferences.”


A program that invites science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science students to become a part of a supportive learning community.

·       F-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from high school.

·       T-L.E.A.R.N. is for students entering UCF from a state/community college.

1.     Experience a small learning community at a large research university. Coming to the second largest university in the nation can be a bit daunting to a first-year, transfer student. We provide opportunities for our T-L.E.A.R.N. students to build one-on one relationships with faculty, staff, and other students on campus.

2.     Receive priority course registration and a scholarship.

3.     Enroll in Introduction to Research courses to produce a research proposal and poster presentation. Each course is 1 credit hour: Introduction to Research I is taken in the fall semester and Introduction to Research II is taken in the spring semester.

4.     Engage in research with a faculty mentor.

5.     Participate in academic, social, and community service activities through UCF-sponsored events to build and strengthen their network of peers.

6.     Acquire skills that will make them qualified and competitive to apply to upper-level undergraduate research programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

“The program offers $2,000 academic scholarship for summer courses (Summer A or C only). Professional development workshops, including several exclusive sessions for SURF Fellows. Opportunity to present in the Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Showcase (required for SURF Fellows, optional for Publishing Fellows)”

AIAA Lockheed Martin Marillyn Hewson Scholarship

“The scholarship awards one $10,000 scholarship to a female high school senior and one $10,000 scholarship to a female university student who are intending or pursuing an engineering major at a college or university in the United States or one of its territories.”

AIAA Roger W. Kahn Scholarship


“AIAA is awarding up to four $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who enroll in an engineering major at a college or university”

Astronaut Scholarship

If a student is awarded the Astronaut Scholarship the recipient will receive: A scholarship up to $15,000 (full amount awarded unless scholar is “over-awarded” based on federal guidelines), A paid trip to ASF’s Innovators Weekend, Life-long engagement with the astronauts, Astronaut Scholar alumni, and the Foundation.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

“Each Goldwater Scholar annually receives an amount equal to the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, books, and room and board minus the amount of support provided for by other sources, up to a maximum of $7.500 per full academic year. Scholars who receive the award as sophomores can expect to receive support for a maximum of two years (4 semesters) or until graduation, if sooner. Scholars who receive the award as juniors can expect to receive support for a maximum of one year (2 semesters) or until graduation, if sooner.”

Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship

“Four merit-based awards of $2000 will be given to rising juniors and seniors in college, to be applied to the academic year”

Society of Women in Engineering Scholarships

AIAA Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Application and Inclusion Resources

Diversity-minded Student Organizations

The Center for Initiatives in STEM (iSTEM)

College of Engineering and Computer Science, Office of Diversity and Inclusion