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This initiative is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Kenton and Amy Brown Fund of the Winston-Salem Foundation.
There can be times in an undergraduate student's experience when an unforeseen financial emergency threatens their ability to continue their studies.
The NMC Bringing Emergency Aid to Mentees (BEAM) fund provides small grants to NMC Mentees who are facing sudden financial emergencies so that they can continue their physics studies and earn their degrees. Students can apply and, if approved, receive funds within two weeks.
This fund is only for NMC Mentees, who are paired with an NMC Mentor. Students who do not have a mentor, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help finding a mentor.
Additional eligibility requirements are as follows:
In order to apply, the financial emergency must meet the following criteria:
NMC mentees fill out and submit an initial application, which is then sent to the NMC mentor to provide additional information for the review committee.
Most NMC mentees will request between $100 - $1000 at a time. Keep in mind, however, that there is a lifetime limit of $1500, which means that once you reach that amount, you can no longer request BEAM funds.
Note: BEAM funds are considered taxable income and may affect your financial aid package. We advise each student to check the impact of their request with their financial aid office.
Speak with your NMC Mentor about your financial emergency. They may have access to resources that can help alleviate your emergency financial need more quickly. Your NMC mentor will be asked to provide additional information to the BEAM fund review committee* on your behalf, so this is an opportunity to share details with them.
Log in to your NMC account and click the link for the BEAM fund application. Fill out all required information and submit the application. Your NMC mentor will be notified that you have applied and will see a copy of your application. They will be asked to provide additional comments, which are then sent to the BEAM fund review committee along with your application.
If you would like to provide any supporting documents such as bills or emails to be shared with the review committee, you may scan them into one PDF document and upload the document on the next screen.
Caution: Please do not upload or provide any sensitive data or information such as social security numbers, account numbers, etc. during the application process. Please take the time to block out account numbers and other sensitive data.
Caution: Please do not include your social security number. Prior to funding, you will need to call APS (301-209-3673) to provide this number securely.
The BEAM fund review committee will review your completed application as soon as possible and you will be notified within 7-10 business days of their decision.
Please contact us at email@example.com, or 301-209-3673 if you have questions or concerns.
* The BEAM fund review committee is comprised of faculty members from the APS Committee on Minorities in Physics and APS staff.