ACES: A Scholarship Program for Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars

The Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars (ACES) scholarship program at UNC Asheville, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will provide support for 92 academic year scholarships over five funding years (2015–2016 through the 2019–2020 academic year), combined with funding from UNC Asheville for 24 additional academic year scholarships for the two years following the funding term (2020–2021 through 2021–2022). As a result, this program will provide financial assistance to 34 atmospheric sciences (ATMS) or computer science (CSCI) majors through graduation.

At UNC Asheville, 70.7% of the student body demonstrates financial need; the average amount of this need after federal and state grants (e.g., Pell grants and NC state grants) is $7,033. We have set the average scholarship amount to $6,000 per student per academic year, which is over 85% of the average financial need. Since 56.2% of full-time students at UNC Asheville hold jobs, we expect that the financial support will enable ACES scholars to avoid having to work so that they can spend more time focused on their education.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1356218. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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