ESTEEM is a scholarship and support program for academically-talented, low-income students majoring in or intending to major in Engineering. Led by UC Santa Barbara's College of Engineering, the program is a partnership with UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and four regional California Community Colleges (CCCs): Allan Hancock College, Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College, and Ventura College. All five participating institutions are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and are committed to facilitating transfer of students between community college and four-year universities.
The goals of the ESTEEM project are:
The five-year ESTEEM program (2016-2021) will provide $580,000 in scholarships per year for students enrolled at one of the five participating institutions. CCC students who receive an ESTEEM scholarship and subsequently transfer to UC Santa Barbara's College of Engineering will retain their scholarship for their Junior and Senior years, as long as they maintain their eligibility for the program. ESTEEM also provides nearly $280,000 a year for student support services, activities, and research.
Financial support for ESTEEM is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education through the S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program, and UC Santa Barbara's College of Engineering.
In 2011, the NSF initially awarded UC Santa Barbara a 5-year, $600,000 S-STEM project to support engineering students. The project was called Enhanced Support, Training and Experiences for Engineering Majors (ESTEEM). Directed by Professor Susannah Scott, the project has provided scholarships and support to over 40 engineering majors. In 2016, the project was extended for an additional 5 years and expanded as a $4.8 million multi-institutional partnership, with an additional mandate to support prospective transfer students at community colleges in Santa Barbara County.
The goals of the NSF S-STEM program are:
ESTEEM Scholars can receive financial assistance up to $10,000 per academic year, depending on their individual financial need. Financial need is defined as the institutional cost of attendance minus the estimated family contribution, based on information reported annually on the FAFSA application. The average scholarship amount is $2,500 per academic quarter for UC Santa Barbara students, and $2,500 per semester for CCC students.
Other benefits include:
UC Santa Barbara students can apply to be ESTEEM Scholars if they meet the following requirements:
For community college students, please consult your college's ESTEEM website for information about eligibility.
ESTEEM does not discriminate based on membership in any demographic group. All students who are academically talented and low-income with demonstrated financial need are eligible for scholarships. All students in good academic standing are welcome to participate in ESTEEM.
UC Santa Barbara ESTEEM Scholars are selected each year, in the Fall. The application consists of the following documents:
Documents 1-3 can be submitted electronically (as a single PDF file) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or delivered as a hard copy to the College of Engineering's Undergraduate Studies office, Harold Frank Hall, on or before October 24. The recommendation letter should be sent directly by the letter-writer, and must arrive on or before October 31. Finalists who are selected for an interview will be contacted early in November.
For community college students, please consult your college's ESTEEM website for information about application materials and deadlines.
ESTEEM sponsors education research on issues affecting engineering transfer students, directed by Professor Michael Gerber of UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. The research will advance our understanding of how curricular and co-curricular activities support community college transfer and subsequent student success in Engineering. The objectives of the research are:
Dr. Lubella Lenaburg of UC Santa Barbara's Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships is a professional education evaluator charged with design and implementation of the ESTEEM project assessment activities.
Glenn Beltz, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara, email@example.com