Individual Application

Individual student eligibility criteria:

Low-income students from any ethnic background are eligible to apply after being referred by the network of SMYSP alumni or staff. Low-income status is determined by one or more of the following indicators, successfully used by SMYSP for over 25 years:

  • Family income: at the lowest 25th percentile of incomes in the region
  • Parents’ occupation: unskilled, semiskilled or clerical
  • Parents’ level of education: less than a college degree
  • Student eligible for the National School Lunch Program
  • Family eligible for food stamps and/or government assistance

Priority is given to low income students who are:

  • Motivated and have shown academic potential
  • From under-represented ethnic minority groups (American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders) as defined by the National Institutes of Health
  • First generation college students
  • Experiencing family hardships: parent(s) deceased or disabled, incarcerated, or with substance abuse problems
  • Are in (or have been in) the foster care system

The following is the grant application for individual students.
Note: all applications must be solicited from the Foundation (i.e., schools, educational program or students cannot apply without being approached first by the Foundation).

Grant Application for Individuals