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.

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Selection Committee

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), & Ashley Ruegg (Edwin O. Smith High School).

Applications Open: October 21st, 2023 through April 15th, 2024

Scholarship Amount

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 $1,200 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 around September or October of that year.

Tax Information

By applying, the applicant acknowledges that this scholarship is to be viewed as income. Prior to receiving funds, scholarship winners will be prompted to confirm enrollment and fill out a w9 form in early October 2024. The address used on the w9 form will be where winner packets are sent shortly after. NESS will provide the appropriate 1099 tax form prior to the tax deadline in April 2025. Applicants must ensure that they have access to, and regularly check, the email address used when submitting their application through April 2025 for any scholarship-related communication regarding the receipt of funds or otherwise.

General Timeline

Applications open annually on Data Science Day (late October/early November) and remain open until early April, with winners announced at the NESS Symposium in June.

Organizing Committee

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:

Past Winners

We Appreciate Our Donors!


We hope that you consider making a generous donation to help support underrepresented minority groups in statistics and data science.

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