BLaST Scholarship Application
Applications for 2017-2018 BLaST Scholarships (new and renewal) are now open!
Applications open: April 17, 2017
Applications due: June 18, 2017
Awardees notified: July 18, 2017 (date is approximate)
Frequently Asked Questions about the BLaST Scholarship
The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites applications for BLaST Scholarships. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska. Approximately 30 scholarships will be funded through this solicitation.
BLaST is funded by the NIH and the NIH encourages institutions to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as: 1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis [Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders]; 2) individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as (a) individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds periodically published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml and (b) individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. For a complete description of the NIH’s Interest in Diversity see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html
Current and prospective UAF undergraduate students, from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are invited to apply. To be eligible for a BLaST Scholarship, students must:
- have an interest in biomedical or One Health research;
- be considering a career in healthcare, biomedicine, or research in life or social sciences;
- have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
- enroll for 12 or more credits at UAF each semester of the 2017-2018 academic year
- be a US citizen, US non-citizen national or permanent resident.
III. AWARD AMOUNT
The BLaST Scholarships cover tuition + fees for fall and spring semesters (and summer session if the awardee is eligible and choses to enroll in summer) and receive a monthly stipend. Freshmen/sophomores will receive $734 a month, and juniors/seniors will receive $1,028 a month.
Renewal Applications (for current BLaST Scholars only):
All applications (new and renewal) are due by 11:59pm on June 18, 2017.
V. REVIEW PROCEDURES
An ad hoc BLaST Committee will review the applications. Applications will be evaluated based on: 1) statement of interest in biomedicine or healthcare; 2) statement of interest in research; 3) description of diversity perspective; 4) the applicant’s GPA; and 5) written quality of the application.
VI. AWARD CONDITIONS
Awardees are expected to be active members of the BLaST learning community and must maintain eligibility requirements throughout the funding period.
Awardees must cooperate with BLaST staff to facilitate compliance with all the participant reporting and evaluation requirements of the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity grants.