“Being a Fund II UNCF STEM Scholar” —  Gygeria Manuel

“Being a Fund II UNCF STEM Scholar means that you are part of a community, a conversation, and a change agent in a field that can be challenging to integrate. "

The Fund II Foundation’s UNCF STEM Scholars Program is welcoming our second cohort of 100 of the nation's top college-bound African American STEM scholars. These scholars represent 28 states nationwide and 69 elite academic institutions, including 11 HBCUs (5 are which are UNCF-member institutions). 

The 2016 STEM Scholars have achieved a few notable mentions, including a highlight in Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" Winner; the youngest summer intern placement at Goldman Sachs Headquarters in New York and a number of scholars are participating in advanced scientific research overseas this summer.

Hear from an inaugural FUND II UNCF STEM Scholar to Cohort 2 UNCF STEM Scholar.


“Being a Fund II UNCF STEM Scholar means that you are part of a community, a conversation, and a change agent in a field that can be challenging to integrate. I am grateful that the gracious donors, magnificent UNCF STEM staff, and other Fund II STEM scholars encouraged and supported me during this program. With the knowledge and skills that I have acquired, I plan to develop and facilitate cell rehabilitation treatment to patients as a physician-scientist."


To learn more, visit UNCF.org/STEMSCHOLARS or #FUND2UNCFSTEMScholar