Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Strategic Systems Programs Scholarship

Scholarship Amount

$10,000 USD

Application Deadline

December 01, 2016


AISES has partnered with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) to manage, develop, and further new and existing educational partnerships between the Department of Defense and other organizations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Navy STEM Scholarship Program (Scholarship Program) is designed to reach out to the next generation of scientists and engineers. This program strives to address decreasing numbers of science and engineering graduates by providing financial assistance to students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degrees. As tuition, cost of living, and other related college expenses continue to rise, the program helps students focus on academics instead of mounting financial debt.

To find out if your school qualifies, go to: 

This site lists all recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaskan Native Serving Institutions, Hawaiian Serving Institutions, Native American Serving Institutions (tribal and non-tribal), and Minority Serving Institutions…

Don’t forget, your school MUST also appear on the ABET Accredited Institutions Listing too!

Application Deadline: The rolling application deadline is September 30, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.  Award decisions will be made within 30 days.  For applicants who apply by the “early decision” deadline of June  15, 2015, their award decisions will be made by July 31, 2015.

Application Process: AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform,

Things to know beforehand:
A general application form is completed by the student online. No paper applications are accepted. This general application requires the student to complete questions and submit documents that are relevant to all AISES scholarship programs and which will allow the scholarship platform to determine if the applicant is eligible for the NextEra Scholarship. The system prompts the student to apply for those scholarships and requests any additional information or documentation required by a particular scholarship that is not already addressed within the general application.

Students will create an account in the system. They will create their own user name and password, which they may use any time to re-access the system. This access is key, as students are responsible for ensuring that their documents and other requirements are in the system and that the information is up-to-date, especially contact information.   AISES communicates primarily via email with its scholars.  AISES Programs staff and the scholarship platform communicates primarily via email, thus email addresses should be current and email checked regularly, If an email address changes, it is the student’s responsibility to inform AISES Programs staff.

Similarly, AISES does not inform students if their application is incomplete, letters of recommendation have not been received by the system, etc.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that requested and appropriate documentation has been uploaded into the system or received by it. Likewise, the student applicant must follow-up with references, registrar’s offices, etc., to ensure they are aware of deadlines and to allow sufficient time to get required documents in time. In order to keep the process fair and equitable, no exceptions are made for missed deadlines, as other applicants have worked hard to get their info in on time.

And, lastly, the student must be enrolled as a full-time vocational, undergraduate or graduate student.  Full-time status for is defined as taking 12 credit hours of classes per semester (for schools not on a semester system or for other programs, AISES uses your school’s definition of full-time).

Students cannot have more than one AISES academic scholarship in any one year.  If awarded more than one, the student decides which scholarship, s/he will accept.

Application Requirements:
Transcripts All AISES scholarship programs require that students submit the most current transcript from their current post-secondary institution.  For high school seniors just starting their educational careers, your most recent high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from any other high school(s) you attended must be submitted. All transcripts must be official transcripts issued by the school’s registrar’s office.  AISES will NOT accept unofficial transcripts or grade reports. The transcript must bear an official seal/signature. Transcripts may be electronic documents, as long as they are indicia that they are “official” transcripts normally issued by the registrar.  Unofficial transcripts are not accepted. 

Essays Students are required to submit one essay. All applicants will be expected to provide a personal statement limited to no more than 1000 words (this is part of the general application process).  This personal statement is evaluated by reviewers and it is expected to address educational and/or career goals, interest in and motivation to continue higher education, demonstrate an understanding of the importance of college and the student’s commitment to complete the educational program undertaken, and demonstrate the student’s plan or desire to make a difference in or impact their community.

Tribal Enrollment Students must submit a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) indicating 25% Native American or Alaskan Native blood quantum, or proof of tribal enrollment (may be less than 25% if enrolled) proving they are a member of a U.S. federally-recognized tribe, AlaskanNative Village, or Native Hawaiian.

Letters of Recommendation Students need to submit TWO letters of recommendation. Letters from a professor, employer, advisor from school, and/or non-related adult in your community who knows you well is suggested.

Resume All AISES applicants are required to upload a copy of their current resume into the AISES scholarship online platform.

Financial Need Students are expected to upload documentation showing unmet need (financial analysis provided by their school financial aid office).

Background Check Students must not have been charged, arrested, prosecuted and/or convicted of an offense that would prevent the recipient from obtaining an interim security clearance at NAVSEA and/or SSP.  NAVSEA will conduct a background check.

Selection Process:
Once the deadline ends, AISES Programs staff will verify that all applications are complete. Those that are not complete are declined automatically. The NextEra scholarship applications will be reviewed by AISES reviewers who score each application based upon factors such as academic performance (GPA and academic record), the student’s personal essay (demonstrates character, commitment, goals), strength of recommendation letters, and other activities the student has undertaken including jobs, volunteer efforts, internships, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, etc.  Scored applications and reviewer comments are then used by AISES staff and some funders, to select scholarship recipients.

Notification Process and Payment:
Students can log into the system to check on the status of their scholarship application(s) at any time. Additionally, AISES Programs staff will email students when decisions are made. Students that are awarded will then be sent an award package that must be completed and returned before payment (made in two even installments, in the fall and spring) can be processed. Students will be expected to provide transcripts for any course work completed after the application was submitted and an enrollment verification indicating full-time status for the fall semester/term as well.

For More Detailed Information For more detailed information about this scholarship and application requirements, please go to:  You may also call or email Tina Farrenkopf, Director of Programs, at (720) 552-6123 or if you have questions.


Qualified recipients must:

A.      Must be an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed;

B.      Must be a current AISES member;

C.      be a United States citizen;

D.      be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a freshmen degree-seeking student;

E.       pursue a Navy-relevant Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree;

F.       be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), American Indian and Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, or other Minority Serving Institution (MI) as designated by the Department of Education with an ABET-accredited engineering program;

G.     carry a fulltime academic course load as defined by the school;

H.      be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an equivalent academic status, at the time of award;

I.        not have been charged, arrested, prosecuted and/or convicted of an offense that would prevent the recipient from obtaining an interim security clearance at NAVSEA and/or SSP;

J.        demonstrate a clear financial need as determined and validated by the school.

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