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TRAIN - STEM Scholarship

Program Synopsis

The TRAIN (TRAnsfer to Interdisciplinary Natural sciences) Scholarship program is a competitive program that provides funding for transfer students from Glendale Community College, Phoenix College, and South Mountain Community College, in a variety of science and math-related fields. It offers valuable training and mentoring throughout your undergraduate career. Program participation will make you more competitive for outside internships, provide you with more in-depth training in your STEM field of interest, and increase your laboratory or numerical modeling research skills. This program is available for all School of Mathematical and Natural Science majors and STEM focused BAS majors within ASU's New College who transferred from GCC, PC, or SMCC. The scholarship includes $5000 a semester, renewable if progressing appropriately, as well as mentoring, and research/internship opportunities. Funding for this National Science Foundation program will cease in May of 2023.

Student goals that include health care practitioner endpoints (Medical Doctor, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Nurse, etc.) are not eligible for this program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1742038.

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 Minimum Eligibility:

  • Seeking a degree in applied math or computing, statistics, biology, forensic or environmental sciences, and/or pharmacology/toxicology, including BAS degrees in CAMBR (Cell and Molecular Biology Research) and Cyber Security. 
  • Full-time student who transferred from GCC, PC or SMCC
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Financial need based on FAFSA application
  • Willingness to participate in program cohort and mentoring activities
  • Willingness to participate in surveys and interviews with program researchers

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Full time student (12 credit hours or more at ASU)
  • Pursuing a degree in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences or a BAS in a STEM field
  • Enrolled in 12 resident hours in New College, including NEW College iCourses
  • Adequate progress towards degree (as indicated by Major Map progress and advisor analysis)
  • Adherence to all ASU and ABOR student code of conduct requirements.
  • Interested in pursuing a career in STEM (not medical or health-related).

Preferred Applicant Characteristics:

  • Strong background in 100 & 200-level college math and science
  • Interest in gaining research experience in one of the degree programs included in the TRAIN program
  • Student has at least one year left at ASU to complete their degree
  • Previous TRAIN Scholar at a partner Community College

Forms to download

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Frequently Asked Questions for TRAIN scholars 

What major should I pursue? 

Try taking the me3 quiz to see how your interests align with careers and majors at  Note there is a teansfer-specific version of Me3 being developed, but it hasn’t been released yet.

 Do I need to be on a MAPP?

Well before you plan to apply to ASU, it is a really good idea to get on a MAPP, which is the Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program.  Most BA and BS degrees have a MAPP.  Choosing a MAPP does not mean you are locked into studying that program forever; you can change your MAPP at any time with the click of a button.  Getting on a MAPP provides you with invaluable ASU resources that you need prior to arriving. Students who sign up for the MAPP can:

  • receive guaranteed admission to their desired ASU major once requirements are met
  • save time and money by taking the courses you need to transfer to your ASU degree
  • track academic and course progress with a personalized online tool called Pathway Tracker
  • meet with ASU academic advisors, even by telephone, for guidance
  • access individualized university information

 What if I am in an AAS program instead of an AS program?

If you are in an AAS program, such as in Cybersecurity, you would transfer to the BAS.  While there is no MAPP for the BAS, this transfer process is straight-forward, and allows you to bring over as many as 75 units, so long as you complete the AAS degree.

 Can I choose any major at ASU?

 To be a TRAIN scholar at ASU, you need to choose one of the non-pre-health majors in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, or the BAS.  These are part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, which is located only on the West Campus.  You also might be interested in adding a minor, or a certificate.

When do I apply to ASU?

Apply as early as you can, taking into account your graduation date, ensures that you will be able to secure on-campus housing, if needed.  This means that you need to be applying as early as January for a start date the following August.  

How do I get help?

You can call an advisor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) any time, you don’t even need to come to campus.  You can also email them at

If you need other assistance, here is how to reach out:

  • Admissions  (480) 965-7788;  choose 2 for transfer
  • Registrar  (602) 496-4372

Anything else I need to know?

TRAIN is a needs-based scholarship.   You must have a current FAFSA on file at ASU to be considered for the scholarship.  Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include ASU as your school (ASU's school code is 001081). For a complete list of steps: visit

Do you have a timeline of suggested steps? 

  • First or second semester at community college

-Take the me3

-Get on a MAPP if applicable

-Fill out the Transfer Guide

-Meet a with a New College Advisor

-Figure out when you’re going to transfer 

  • Two semesters before transferring to ASU

-Fill out the FAFSA and make sure it is sent to ASU

-Meet with a community college advisor

-Meet with a New College advisor

-Contact your Transfer Specialist and come to a Transfer Friday

-Apply to ASU 

  • One Semester before coming to ASU

-Arrange housing

-Apply for the TRAIN Scholarship

-Apply for additional scholarships 

-sign up for classes