Apply for the STEM Scholars Award today!

Spark* SF Public Schools is pleased to announce a STEM scholarship opportunity on behalf of Alexandria Real Estate Equities. This scholarship will be awarded to three high school seniors enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District. The scholarship is offered in the amount of $5,000 annually, for up to four years, to each of these three students while they attend either a two- or four-year program at a community college or college/university of their choice to study in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Applicants will need to complete this application form and submit a school transcript, an essay, a project from their student portfolio, and one letter of recommendation. 

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Applicants must be current high school seniors within the San Francisco Unified School District.

  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

  • Applicants must have an intention to declare, or have declared, their major in one of the STEM fields. 

  • Scholarship recipients must declare their major in one of the STEM fields within two years of enrollment at the community college or college/university of their choice. 

Required Materials for Application 

  • Completed application form (see page 3) 

  • Letter of recommendation (see page 4) Teachers/professionals may email the letter of recommendation directly to Students need not include the letter of recommendation in their application package submission. 

  • Project from student’s portfolio (see page 5) 

  • School transcript (a current, unofficial transcript will suffice)

  • Essay (500–1,000 words) that addresses the following prompts: How your work in your STEM area of interest has the capacity to improve the world around us (advance human health, solve hunger, cure disease, decrease poverty, etc.), and How your higher education will help you make this impact on the world.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is Monday, April 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Please your submit completed application package to 

Questions: Should you have any questions regarding ARE Scholars, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jena Hayashi at or Jaimie Vareed at 


STEM PreK-12

In an increasingly globalized and technological world, providing a world class STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, art, and Math) education for all students is a key priority for SFUSD and many of our partners. This commitment of providing all students with access to high quality STEAM education and career pathways, particularly girls and students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the STEM field, reflects a clear stance regarding the importance of preparing students to live and thrive in the San Francisco of both today and tomorrow. Vision 2025 calls for increasing the opportunities students have to engage in relevant, career-based, problem-based learning experiences, and for exposing students early to STEAM education and computer science. Through investments that support the development of rigorous real world curricula, that train educators in "best" and "next" practices in STEAM and computer science instruction, and that expand students' and teachers' use of technology in the school day, SFUSD is innovating toward our promise to provide all students high quality 21st century.

Though Investments in STEAM education we are...

  • Developing and implementing a robust and research-based Common Core aligned math sequence in kindergarten through 8th grade that engages students in rich and relevant math tasks.

  • Supporting the integration of technology as a tool to enhance student collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking in the math and science curriculum at the middle grades

  • Prototyping "digital classrooms" that reflect the real world workplace and the technology sector

  • Increasing student engagement though the personalization afforded by technology

  • Developing a broad policy and K-12 computer science curriculum that will provide all students with age-appropriate access to computer science during the school day.

  • Providing intensive professional development to educators to build teacher and leader capacity to be innovative in delivering a 21st century education to all students

  • Mapping K-12 opportunities to a technology talent career pipeline to help students graduate ready for STEM-related careers or higher education opportunities.


San Francisco has become the first school district in the United States to have a computer science curriculum for every grade.

But we don’t stop there. Enrollment of African American and Latino students has increased from less than 100 to more than 3,800. And girls taking computer science has also increased in similar proportions.

In fact, today, computer science class enrollment mirrors the SFUSD student demographic; females and underrepresented groups each make up nearly half of overall CS enrollment.