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, Chemistry or Biochemistry.

The Application for the MAPS program is now closed for entering class of 2017. At this point, due to the expiration of our NSF grant we are not accepting applications, however we hope to re-apply and recruit for the entering class of 2019.


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


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, 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 2017-2018 academic year is closed.

The first round of application simply requires you to express an interest in the program. Roughly 25 students will be invited in mid January to submit further details and will be invited for a campus visit and interview in February. More details about applying to Saint Mary’s College and be found here.

A completed application to the MAPS Program requires three things:

The deadline for applicants for the incoming class of 2017 is January 15th, 2017. You will also need to complete a FAFSA by the February 15th deadline.

If you have further questions, please contact MAPS Program Director Vidya Chandrasekaran at

    This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1354825.