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The Scholar-Internship Match Fund was established to provide a match for industry scholarships and internships given to Massachusetts residents pursuing a post-secondary degree at Massachusetts public higher education institutions. Eligible students, beginning in their sophomore year, shall pursue career paths in specific science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that link directly related work experience with their academic program. These STEM disciplines directly support the economic development of the Commonwealth by fulfilling the employment needs of business and industry in high-demand fields.
The Massachusetts Scholar-Internship Program creates a framework whereby internship and scholarship funds from business, industry and others sources may be leveraged as matching resources to enhance student progress toward degrees in fields vital to the Commonwealth.
Who Is Eligible?
A Massachusetts college student who meets the following criteria::
- " Is a permanent legal resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the start of the academic year.
- Is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen eligible under Federal Title IV Regulations.
- Is accepted for admission to, or is currently enrolled, full-time in an eligible program, at an eligible public institution.
- Submits an application for the Massachusetts Scholar-Internship Program, and for approval must:
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards as defined by the institution, and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all college work and meet other eligibility criteria established by the Department of Higher Education. (Note: if you have completed less than four (4) semesters of college please provide your high school transcripts).
- Annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Sign an agreement to comply with the internship requirements of the Scholar-Internship Program with a designated Massachusetts employer in a career-related field under the guidance of the Department of Higher Education.
- Complete the minimum number of internships as required.
- Upon the completion of the undergraduate degree program, seek and attain employment in a career-related field in Massachusetts.
- Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year that scholarship assistance is requested.
An institution within the system of public institutions of higher education under section 5 of Chapter 15A of the General Laws
An undergraduate degree program offered by an eligible institution in high-demand STEM areas, as designated in the Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) list
developed by the U.S. Department of Education excluding foreign languages
The Department of Higher Education shall establish a committee to review and select applicants for the Scholar-Internship Match Fund program.
The award amount is contingent upon the student receiving a corresponding industry scholarship or internship. The annual Department of Higher Education Scholar Internship award under this program shall not exceed $5,000 per student.
How Do I Apply?
All students applying for consideration for a STEM Scholar Intern Program must complete the following:
- Download and complete the STEM Scholar Intern Program Application
- Provide the necessary documentation as stated on the application.
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
For More Information
Contact Erin Mawn at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education at 617-.994.6910