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Grants to USA IHEs to Host STEM Programs for Underserved High School Youth



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Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/04/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA institutions of higher education to host science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for underserved high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide programming that fosters interest in and prepares students for higher education and careers in STEM fields.

Unite, an initiative in the AEOP portfolio, is a pre-collegiate, academic, summer program for rising 9th through rising 12th grade students from groups historically underserved in STEM. The program is designed to encourage and help prepare students to pursue college-level studies and, ultimately, careers in engineering and related STEM fields.

TSA is facilitating the Request for Proposal (RFP) process detailed herein to solicit entities to serve as 2024 and 2025 (a two-year cycle) Unite host sites.

The Unite program is designed to give students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
  • Overcome negative attitudes and perceptions they may have about cultural, social, and other barriers to STEM studies and careers;
  • Gain confidence in their ability to participate in engineering and other STEM activities;
  • Engage in activities that promote collaboration and problem solving in a team environment; and
  • Be better prepared to pursue engineering and STEM in college and, ultimately, in future careers.

The 2024-2025 Unite program should provide a summer experience for underserved rising 9th through rising 12th grade students, in which they are exposed to academics and enrichment that will best help them achieve their goals of higher education and careers in STEM.

Options for configuring Unite (2024 and 2025) are suggestions only; host sites should develop their program in a way that best meets the needs of the individual site and its student participants:

  1. Rising 9th grade students in 2024; rising 10th grade students in 2025 (returning and new, as necessary to meet enrollment numbers)
  2. Rising 10th grade students in 2024; rising 11th grade students in 2025 (returning and new)
  3. Open enrollment, rising 9th through rising 11th grade students in 2024; rising 10th through rising 12th grade students in 2025 (returning and new)
  4. Open enrollment, rising 9th through rising 12 grade students in both years of the program 

For program specifications, see:

Unite funds may be used to support the following: STEM instruction; STEM instructional materials/supplies; salaries for program facilitators (classroom assistants, coordinators, counselors, lab leads, etc.) whose work directly connects to STEM activities; and student stipends. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Unite is held at higher education institutions across the country.

• Unite funds may not be used to fund transportation to and from the summer program, or for
housing costs or meals/snacks; these costs should be funded from another source.
• Unite funding may not be used to fund administrators or administrative costs not directly tied to
Unite or the implementation of the STEM aspects of the program.
• Unite funds may not be used to cover any overhead costs; these costs should be funded through the existing summer STEM program.

Pre-Application Information
Responses to the RFP are due no later than 5:00 pm ET on Monday, December 4, 2023.

Important dates:
- December 4, 2023 2024-2025 Unite proposal submission deadline
- January 24, 2024 Notification to sites of award (or non-award) status
- May – July 2024 Site insurance information and Qualifying Student Report due to TSA two
weeks after start of program.
- May – August 2024 Timeframe for 2024 Unite programs; Deliverable: photos/videos and
news stories to TSA
- May – September 2024 Award payments (three – approximately mid-May, mid-July, and
mid-September) to sites
- August 16, 2024 Deliverable: Data Summary and Final report from each site due to TSA

Learn more about Unite:

Term of Contract
The Unite program will operate on a two-year cycle. Selected sites will receive funding for one year, with the second year of funding dependent on satisfactory performance in year one, approval of a site’s planned program for year two, and TSA’s receipt of program funding from the Army.

An institution’s Unite program must last four to six weeks and can be residential or nonresidential.

Contact Information
Proposals, reports, and other documents should be submitted electronically to Mimi Leonard
with a cc to Rosanne White:

Mimi Leonard
Unite Program Administrator
Phone: 303-880-7990

Rosanne White
Unite Principal Investigator
Toll free phone: 888.860.9010

Technology Student Association (TSA)
19104 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
Phone: 703.860.9000 Toll free: 888.860.9010
Fax: 703.758.4852

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