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Local Community Science Scholarship

This program awards four students enrolled in a STEM-related major at an accredited, four-year college with a $10,000 scholarship. When CST first launched the Local Community Science Scholarship program, it was offered to qualifying students in four communities closest to CST headquarters in Danvers, Massachusetts, US. Now, the program’s availability has expanded to include additional underprivileged local communities and continues to grow.

Scientific endeavor is instrumental in solving critical social, environmental, and technical challenges that we face worldwide. The mission of CST is to deliver the highest quality research tools to progress biological research and enable personalized medicine. We depend on local schools to inspire young students to choose a career committed to science, and that's why we are glad to help support the education of future STEM graduates. CST recognizes the need to encourage those from backgrounds underrepresented in science fields and encourages high schools to consider diversity when presenting applicants for this scholarship.

Deadline: Annually on April 10. For questions, email [email protected].

Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in jurisdiction of residence at the time of undergraduate attendance or have documented permission from a parent or legal guardian, if a minor.
  2. Must be in 12th grade of high school.
  3. Possess strong English skills.
  4. Must be attending a four-year, public high school in Lynn, Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Beverly, or Gloucester, Massachusetts.
  5. Be eligible for free/reduced lunch or be the first in their family to go to college (neither parent went to college). Additional criteria for financial need may be defined by the CST Scholarship Committee, if necessary.
  6. Must have completed, by the end of their senior year in high school, an upper level AP class in one of the following courses: biology, chemistry, physics, or environmental science.
  7. Must enroll as a full-time student attending a four-year accredited US-based college or university, and pursue one or more majors in qualified science fields of study. This includes majors from the following areas: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering.
  8. Recipients of the CST scholarship must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher during their freshman year of college and a 3.0 GPA the following three years in college to qualify to continue receiving the annual scholarship.

Recipients agree that, at all times during their enrollment in the program, they will conduct themselves with due regard to public morals, conventions, laws, and academic policies and bylaws. If at any time during the years in which they are a scholarship recipient, and in the sole opinion of CST, the Recipient does any act or conducts themselves in any manner contrary to or in violation of a rule, law, or regulation, that is offensive to standards of decency, morality, or social propriety, resulting in public scandal or ridicule, or should the recipient do anything to disparage CST or its products or services, CST will have the right to terminate and/or withdraw the scholarship at its sole discretion.

*If a candidate is applying to both the Local Community Science and Racial Diversity in Science scholarships, the Local Community Science scholarships will be considered first.