Mentored Access to Programs in Science (MAPS)

The MAPS program provides a full-tuition scholarship program to high-achieving students with financial need interested in studying Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry.

The Application for the MAPS program is now open for entering class of 2021. 


As part of the MAPS program, students will recieve the following benefits:

  • A full-tuition scholarship for four years for students who remain eligible.
  • Guaranteed position in first-year science living-learning community.
  • Opportunity to travel to conferences in the students field
  • Tutoring in introductory science topics
  • A place in the Summer Early Research Immersion Experience (SERIE) prior to enrollment


To be eligible for the MAPS program incoming first-year students need to satisfy the following criteria.

  • Plan on majoring in one of the following disciplines: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Have financial need as demonstrated in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This normally means students must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant
  • Be taking or have taken pre-calculus or an equivalent class in high school. Preference is given to students who are taking or who have taken Calculus
  • Plan on having a career within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident

How to Apply:

To apply to be part of the MAPS program you will need to apply to enter Saint Mary’s as an incoming first-year student.

The application for the MAPS program for the incoming class of 2021 is now open.

The first round of application simply requires you to express an interest in the program. Please note, only a select number of students who apply will be selected to interview on campus for Scholarship Saturday on February 27, 2021. Virtual interviews may also be available. In person interview dates are subject to change and may be conducted virtually based on county and school health guidelines as impacted by COVID. More details about applying to Saint Mary’s College and be found here.

A completed application to the MAPS Program requires three things:

  1. Apply for admission to Saint Mary’s College
  2. Fill out the Net Price Calculator 
  3. Complete the MAPS Questionnaire 
  4. Complete a FAFSA by the February 15th deadline.

The deadline for applicants for the incoming class of 2021 is January 15, 2021. You will also need to complete a FAFSA by the February 15th deadline.