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).