Explora STEM Scholars Program at X Studio


Explora STEM Scholars Program at X Studio

This Fall 2021 Explora will celebrate the opening of X Studio, Explora’s new teen center: a place to hang out, experiment, create, and learn. X Studio brings teens and their dreams together with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and mentors—all with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). As part of X Studio’s mission to increase engagement in, awareness of, and motivation to pursue STEM careers among local low-income teens of color, Explora is thrilled to announce the STEM Scholars Program. The STEM Scholars Program aims to support the aspirations of promising Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic students who face financial barriers to pursuing STEM courses of study in postsecondary institutions. STEM Scholars are trailblazers who have a strong career focus in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By supporting their career aspirations, we will diversify and strengthen STEM, while keeping homegrown talent here in New Mexico.

STEM Scholars in a nutshell:

STEM Scholars Scholarships are $2,500 each and are awarded in a competitive process. Award selection is based on academic merit, personal qualities and strengths, and a letter of recommendation.
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Why the need for STEM Scholars?

Explora has established the STEM Scholars Program to address the severe underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic professionals in STEM. These groups combined represent nearly 30% of the US population yet comprise just 16% of professionals working in STEM, according to the National Science Foundation. We’re also launching this program because this has been the reality in STEM for decades. Over the past 20 years, the biggest increase (at just 5.5%) has been among Hispanics entering STEM professions; meanwhile, the percentage of Indigenous/Native Americans in STEM has remained unchanged, at just 0.3% in 2000 and in 2020.


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In early 2022 Explora will celebrate the opening of X Studio, Explora’s new teen center: a place to hang out, experiment, create, and learn. X Studio brings teens and their dreams together with cutting-edge tools, technologies, and mentors—all with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). As part of X Studio’s mission to increase engagement in, awareness of, and motivation to pursue STEM careers among local low-income teens of color, Explora is thrilled to announce the STEM Scholars Program. The STEM Scholars Program aims to support the aspirations of promising Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic students who face financial barriers to pursuing STEM courses of study in postsecondary institutions. STEM Scholars are trailblazers who have a strong career focus in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By supporting their career aspirations, we will diversify and strengthen STEM, while keeping homegrown talent here in New Mexico.

STEM Scholars in a nutshell:

STEM Scholars Scholarships are $2,500 each and are awarded in a competitive process. Award selection is based on academic merit, personal qualities and strengths, and a letter of recommendation.
Download Application

Información en español

Why the need for STEM Scholars?

Explora has established the STEM Scholars Program to address the severe underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic professionals in STEM. These groups combined represent nearly 30% of the US population yet comprise just 16% of professionals working in STEM, according to the National Science Foundation. We’re also launching this program because this has been the reality in STEM for decades. Over the past 20 years, the biggest increase (at just 5.5%) has been among Hispanics entering STEM professions; meanwhile, the percentage of Indigenous/Native Americans in STEM has remained unchanged, at just 0.3% in 2000 and in 2020.
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Eligibility

  • Must be a Black, Indigenous, or Hispanic high school senior.
  • Must plan to major in a STEM subject at a New Mexico institute of higher education or trades school. Applicants may also describe their proposed alternative pathway to a program that will result in licensure or accreditation within a STEM career field (for example, as a dental hygienist).
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on an unweighted 4.0 scale.
  • Arrange for a letter of recommendation to be submitted to Explora from a high school STEM teacher or STEM mentor who can speak to your academic achievements and potential for success in pursuing a STEM degree. Arrange for an official high school transcript to be submitted to Explora from your school counselor or registrar. 

Application Portfolio Requirements

  • Completed Application (download below and complete)
  • Brief Essay: in 500 words or less, answer the following questions: Describe your vision for your STEM future, who or what inspired your passion for STEM, and tell us how you will inspire the next generation of STEM professionals in New Mexico.
  • Letter of recommendation. Teachers and mentors: identify the student you are supporting in the subject line of your email, as follows: Explora STEM Scholars_STUDENT NAME Letter of Support. DEADLINE PASSED FOR 2021
  • Official high school transcript. High school registrars, submit via email and identify the student in the subject line of your email, as follows: Explora STEM Scholars_STUDENT NAME Transcript. DEADLINE PASSED FOR 2021 

All application components must be submitted via email to: STEMScholars@explora.us 

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Deadines

The deadline has passed for 2021. Check back soon for 2022 dates!

Program Benefits

  • $2,500 scholarship 
  • Academic support and mentorship
  • Eligibility to join Explora’s Career Pathways Initiative
  • Participation in Explora STEM Scholars summer orientation program, with access to college readiness supports, mentorship opportunities, and more!

2021 is our inaugural year of the Explora STEM Scholars program! Help us grow the fund and spread the word. Let us be the catalyst that sparks a new generation of STEM leaders and a brighter future for New Mexico.

2021 is our inaugural year of the Explora STEM Scholars program! Help us grow the fund and spread the word. Let us be the catalyst that sparks a new generation of STEM leaders and a brighter future for New Mexico.

For more information about Scholarships, donations, or joining Explora’s STEM Scholars Selection Committee, contact Renee Ruybal, Development Director at (505) 600-7655 or ruybal@explora.us.
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For more information about Scholarships, donations, or joining Explora’s STEM Scholars Selection Committee, contact Renee Ruybal, Development Director at (505) 600-7655 or ruybal@explora.us.