What does POPUPS stand for?

Promoting Opportunities & Pathways for Undergraduate Persistence in STEM

How to I apply for a POPUPS scholarship?

Fill out an application. 

Who is eligible for a POPUPS scholarship?

Scholarships are limited to U.S. citizens and legal residents.  Scholarships are also limited to students with demonstrated financial need.  For more information, please refer to the eligibility page.

Do I need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Yes, you must have a demonstrated financial need to be eligible for a POPUPS scholarship.  Financial need (FN) is determined by AU by cost of attendance (COA) and your expected family contribution (EFC) as follows: 


More information can be found on FAFSA website.

How much funding can I receive through the POPUPS scholarship program? 

You can receive up to $8,000 per year.  Scholarships can be renewed for up to three years (total scholarship award up to $24,000).  Specific scholarship amounts will be determined by the amount of federal financial aid for which you qualify.

If I receive a POPUPS scholarship, what can the money be applied to?

Scholarship funds can be applied to cover tuition, books, room and board or other educational expenses.

Can I receive the scholarship for a summer semester?

No, the scholarships are only available for fall and spring semesters.

Can I receive other scholarships and financial aid if I receive a POPUPS scholarship?

Yes, however, other financial aid may reduce the amount of your POPUPS scholarship. 

Once I receive the scholarship, what do I have to do as a POPUPS Scholar?
  1. Meet all scholarship eligibility requirements;
  2. Meet with your designated mentor on a regular basis;
  3. Regularly attend meetings of POPUPS Scholars;
  4. Participate in pop-up workshops;
  5. Participate in learning community activities;
  6. Participate in program assessment activities, which includes filling out surveys and participating in focus groups.
When are the scholarship applications due?

March 15, 2021

I’ve missed the application deadline.  Can I still apply?

Yes, as long as the scholarship application remains available.  Priority is given to those that apply by the deadline, but you are welcome to apply and will be considered if scholarships remain.

Will you contact my references directly?

Yes.  You do not need to ask your references to submit a letter of recommendation at the time of application.  The POPUPS team will email your references and ask them to complete a recommendation form. 

If I'm not a US citizen, can I apply?

The NSF declares that scholarship recipients must be citizens of the United States, nationals of the United States (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), aliens admitted as refugees under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Please note that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) individuals are ineligible for support from this solicitation unless they meet the requirements listed above. 

What happens after my application is received?

When all parts of your application have been submitted, including your letters of recommendation, the financial aid office will verify your eligibility and your application will be reviewed by the program committee.  An interview will be requested of students that proceed to the next review round.  A final decision concerning your application will be send out by the end of July or early August.