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AIMS Scholars — Competitive Scholarship Program

The application window for Fall 2016 has now closed. Applications for the Spring 2017 semester will open on November 1st, due before November 28th, with notification by December 9th.

An AIMS Scholar is a Fresno Pacific University student pursuing a Single Subject Credential in Math or Science or a research-based Masters program in Mathematics or STEM Education, supported by a 50% scholarship through the AIMS Education Foundation.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Single Subject Math or Science Credential Candidates:

  • Admitted to Fresno Pacific University’s Single Subject Credential Program
  • Completion of all California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) exams required for preliminary secondary teaching credential

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Math/STEM Candidates:

  • Admitted to Fresno Pacific University’s Graduate Math or STEM Education Program
  • Completion of BTSA or Induction Program
  • An interest in reading and conducting research on how children “come to know”

Expectations of an AIMS Scholar – over and above the basic program:

  • Continuous enrollment, meeting FPUs criteria for good standing (no academic probation, passing all courses with a B or better, etc.), is required through completion of your program. Withdrawal from FPU for any reason cancels your eligibility. Should you re-apply to FPU in the future, you may also re-apply for the AIMS Scholar program as well.
  • AIMS will support a maximum of 33 graduate units / 34 credential units through this program.
  • Attend a minimum of eight (8) AIMS Center Colloquia during the 2016-17 year, potentially with required reading expected prior to each event. Colloquia are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, beginning August 22, 2016.
  • Commit to give back to the AIMS Scholars program by providing future Colloquium presentations after graduation
  • Allow the AIMS Center to use your image and story on their website and on promotional materials (a release to sign will be provided upon acceptance into the program)
  • Graduate students are expected to collaborate with an AIMS Center research team, with the goal of informing one’s thesis topic, potentially leading to a project mentored by an AIMS Center Research Associate.

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 Application Steps

Before you begin your application please note that the final question on the application will require an essay based on one of three selected articles. You will not be able to leave the application once you begin, so it is recommended that you complete your essay before beginning the application and be prepared simply to copy and paste your response into the application. Please follow theses steps:

1. After choosing one of the three articles provided below, please write a response to the article relating the ideas/concepts/findings in the article to your own classroom experience.

Von Glasersfeld 180
Professional Noticing
Brooks Constructivism


Please note that minimum qualifications do not automatically qualify candidate for acceptance into the AIMS Scholars Program, as the applicant pool varies from year to year. Online application and a subsequent interview are required for consideration.