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2016 EPSCoR Campership Application

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015



A limited number of camperships are available to support participation in UNI EPSCoR Funded STEM Summer Camp Programs. Camperships are awarded in the form of waived registration fees. Camperships do not cover additional expenses that may be required to participate in the camp (see individual camp descriptions to determine if campers must bring their own lunches/snacks, wear specific clothing, or bring specific items to camp with them).

IMPORTANT: In addition to completing this form, the camper must be registered for the camp.  Register online without prepaying at www.uni.edu/camps by selecting "pay by check".  Registering will temporaily hold a space open while the committee reviewed the campership application.  If the camper is not registered and the camp fills, then the commottee can not award a campership.

AS OF JULY 12, 2016 CAMPERSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 STEM CAMPS ARE CLOSED.  The Committee is reviewing all previously submitted applications and will announce all campership results by July 15th at the latest.

Campership Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for a campership at least one of the following must be true and documented:

  • The camper must be a member of a group that is underrepresented in STEM fields. The US Government currently defines "underrepresented groups in STEM" specifically as female, African American, Hispanic, or Native American.
  • The camper was eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program during the previous school year or will be eligible in the next school year.
  • The camper must be a first-generation college student (a student for whom no legal parent/guardian has obtained a 4-year college degree or higher).

and the following must be true:

  • The camper must be enrolled in a public or private school for the upcoming school year in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, or another town in Black Hawk, Butler, Bremer, Fayette, Buchanan, Benton, Tama, or Grundy County. If home-schooled or from outside of this area, please contact us PRIOR to completing this application.

Additional Information

  • Campers may request a full or half campership.
  • An individual camper may apply for camperships to a maximum of 2 camps per year.
  • Camperships will not be awarded to campers applying to attend the same camp for a second year with the exception of camps that specifically allow campers to return for "advanced" activities.   Camps that allow campers to repeat as advanced campers will state so in the camp description.
  • All complete campership applications received by five weeks prior to the first day of camp will receive priority. Campers applying 5 weeks prior to the start of camp will be notified as soon as the awards are made.  Later applications will be considered up to 1 week before camp begins if funding is still available.

How to Apply

    1. Complete this form and click on the submit button.
    2. Print a copy of the confirmation email you receive after submitting this form and sign it.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, then your application was not received.
    3. Attach a handwritten, single half- to full-page essay by the camper (see essay requirements below).
    4. Attach appropriate documentation to confirm camper's eligibility (see documentation requirements below).
    5. Mail 2, 3, and 4 above to: UNI STEM Coordinator, ATTN: EPSCoR Campership; 229 EBAR, University of Northern Iowa; Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0396

    Camper Essay Requirements

        The camper should submit a hand written short essay (half- to full-page) that addresses the following:
        • Why are you interested in THIS camp? How do you think participating in THIS camp will help you?
        • What are your goals when you graduate from school? What do you think you want to do when you are done with school?
        • What are your interests outside of school?
          ---Campers entering 2nd grade and below may dictate their essay to their parent/guardian.

    Documentation Requirements

        • Documentation of underrepresented group status may be supplied in the form of a signed statement by the camper's legal parent/guardian.
        • Documentation of first-generation college student may be supplied in the form of a signed statement listing the camper's current legal parents/guardians and their highest degree earned.
        • Documentation of free and reduced lunch status should be provided through a letter from the school.
        • If the camper does not qualify for free/reduced lunch but there is another financial or family circumstance that should be considered, then explain the situation in the field "other financial or family circumstances" below (additional documentation may be required).

    What happens after the campership application is received?

        Applications are collected and reviewed as they arrive. It is the family's responsibility to supply a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Initial campership decisions will be made 4 weeks prior to the start of camp for all applications that arrive on time. Late applications will be considered *if funds are available* up to 1 week prior to camp. Late applications will be considered as they arrive and notified as soon as possible. No camperships will be awarded in the 3 work days prior to the start of camp. If a campership is awarded, then the registration fee (or half the fee for half-camperships) will be waived. If the campership is not awarded, then the family will be notified and will have the option to pay the camp registration fee or drop out of the camp. ALL FINANCIAL INFORMATION WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EPS-1101284. Begin the campership application process by completing the form below: