- NextGen Scholarship for Underrepresented Minorities
NextGen Scholarship for Underrepresented Minorities
The New England Statistical Society Scholarships for Underrepresented Minorities advances the representation of underrepresented groups in statistics and data science by supporting graduating high school seniors and first/second-year undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in a data science-related field (e.g., statistics, quantitative fields in social science, math, engineering, and computer science). The scholarships support the efforts of NESS to improve the diversity and inclusivity of its community, as well as in the fields of statistics and data science.
- Graduating high school senior or first/second-year undergraduate student
- Black, Indigenous or Person of Color (BIPOC)
- Current U.S. Resident
- Shows interest in statistics and data science through coursework, extracurricular activities, and/or future goals
The selection committee for the scholarship consists of 5 NESS members – 2 members from the NextGen committee, 2 members of the NESS Committee on Education, and 1 NESS member involved in high school STEM education. The current committee members are Austin Menger (Menger Analytics), Yulia Sidi (Merck), Tanesia Beverly (Law School Admission Council), Catherina Villafuerte (UConn Educational Leadership program), & Christine Dunbar (Providence Public Schools).
The number of scholarships awarded and the monetary amount of scholarships will be decided annually based on available funding at the full discretion of the Scholarship Committee. The number of scholarships will be limited by the available funds for a given year, with a minimum target amount of $1,000 per person.
Disbursement of Funds
Scholarships are sent directly to universities in the form of a check for tuition, food, and lodging purposes only. The check is written out to the university for the benefit of and targeted to the scholarship recipient. The university must be accredited by one of the seven regional accreditation agencies that form the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC). Scholarships will be disbursed only after attendance has been confirmed for the term of enrollment.
Applications open annually on Data Science Day (early November) and remain open until early April, with winners announced at the NESS Symposium in May.
We thank our organizing committee. This committee represents a collaboration between the NextGen and Education committees of NESS. Contributing members of the organizing committee include:
- Tanesia Beverly (Eligibility Criteria & Selection Committee)
- Christine Dunbar (Student Engagement & Selection Committee)
- Nathan Lally (Fundraising & Application Website Development)
- Thomas Lee (Application Website Development)
- Jun Li (Application Website Development)
- Austin Menger (Project Lead)
- Adam Shetler (Fundraising & Eligibility Criteria)
- Yulia Sidi (Fundraising & Student Engagement)
- Katherine Zavez (Student Engagement & Eligibility Criteria)
- Arleen Alcaraz-Cano (currently: Barnard College)
- Quinn Clark (currently: New York University)
- Ashley Dawn (currently: Harvard University)
- Naomi Nwokoma (currently: Temple University)
- Cameron Sandoval (currently: New York University)
We Appreciate Our Donors!
- Columbia Statistics Department
- Menger Analytics
- New England Statistical Society
- Sage Therapeutics
- Various Individual Contributions
We hope that you consider making a generous donation to help support underrepresented minority groups in statistics and data science.
For any further questions or inquiries, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.