The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, managed by NASA, supports the academic and professional development of undergraduates -- through scholarships, mentorships and internships -- from backgrounds not typically represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, career fields. The Hispanic College Fund administers MUST on behalf of NASA.

    The NASA MUST Project supports the best and the brightest students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines during the early years of their college education while enriching their learning with the MUST Professional Academic Support System, or MUST PASS, an academic enrichment, mentoring and career development system. Scholars participate in exciting research opportunities at NASA centers that will help broaden their career horizons. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are encouraged to apply.

    The project components are the following:

    • MUST is a competitive scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students specifically targeting rising sophomores and juniors from underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM disciplines.
    • MUST Scholars who maintain the required minimum 3.0 GPA may renew through their senior year.
    • Eligible Scholars are required to participate in paid internships at NASA centers each summer. The internships provide $6,000 to participate, including a $1,000 advance for transportation and summer relocation. Other MUST Scholar benefits include academic enrichment opportunities such as access to tutoring, leadership development workshops, a formal mentoring system, and invitations to STEM lectures and other related programs. MUST addresses the critical workforce shortage in STEM fields that the nation is facing by providing assistance and support to students during the early years of their collegiate experience.

    Student eligibility criteria for MUST scholarships:

    1. U.S. citizen
    2. Rising sophomore or junior
    3. Minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
    4. Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited university in the U.S. or U.S. Territory
    5. Accepted into STEM major when eligible or show evidence of reasonable progress in a STEM program
    6. Candidate’s statement of career interest in STEM field
    7. Letter of recommendation from STEM faculty

MUST Annual Reports

Center Education Offices